Waltham Makes ’10 Best College Towns in America’ List

See where Waltham ranked.

Brandeis University. Photo credit: Leo Felici/Wikimedia Commons
Brandeis University. Photo credit: Leo Felici/Wikimedia Commons

A real estate site recently picked Waltham as one of the best college towns in America.

Movoto placed Waltham ninth in a post, “These Are The 10 Best College Towns in America,” earlier this week.

The site looked at the top 100 ranked liberal arts colleges and universities and a variety of factors, including amenities, crime, tax rates, unemployment and weather.

Here’s what Movoto had to say about Waltham:

“Waltham, home of Brandeis University, had no top 10 finishes, though it did rank in the top 30 for a number of criteria, those being unemployment rate, tax rate, and crime rate. Of these three, Waltham’s best showing was for its unemployment rate: 5.1 percent, or 13th best on our list.

What kept this college town from climbing higher on our list? Its weather, mostly. The average summertime temperature in Waltham is 68 degrees, while its air quality scored a 39 (one is the lowest). When combined this was good enough for 128th place in weather.”

Movoto’s top 10:

  • 1. Hanover, N.H.
  • 2. Bryn Mawr, Pa.
  • 3. Charlottesville, Va.
  • 4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 5. Blacksburg, Va.
  • 6. Princeton, N.J.
  • 7. Swarthmore, Pa.
  • 8. Iowa City, Iowa
  • 9. Waltham, Mass.
  • 10. Burlington, Vt.
Read Movoto’s full report >>    


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