By Tomoya Shimura
Irvine is the second-best college town in the nation, according to the latest rankings by Livability.com, though not everyone agrees.
The top 10 list puts Irvine ahead of cities like Cambridge, Mass., the home of Harvard and MIT, and only behind Tempe, Ariz., which has Arizona State University.
“Irvine provides a supportive place for students to thrive both academically and socially, endless entertainment options and cultural and economic enhancements from the area higher education,” Livability.com stated in a news release.
Livability.com examined data to discover cities with a high concentration of schools and a highly educated population. The company also looked for cities with a high population of 25- to 29-year-olds as an indicator of the town’s ability to retain graduates and diverse towns where education is a dominant employer, according to the release.
Other factors include towns with Division I athletics, the availability and affordability of rental housing and surrounding attractions and restaurants.
Irvine is home to UC Irvine, Concordia University Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Brandman University and California Southern University, as well as satellite campuses for other universities. Two out of every three residents who are 25 years or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher.