The Greater Philadelphia region ranked among the top 10 Major U.S. Metros in 2012 AIER College Destinations Index, which includes the top 75 towns and cities in the United States for college students, based on a larger evaluation of the 227 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with student populations of 15,000 or more.
In creating the Index, a dozen factors are evaluated using the most current data available from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, National Science Foundation, and Small Business Administration to provide a snapshot of each community’s overall academic and cultural environment, quality of life and employment opportunities in the area.
Philadelphia reached top 10 on the AIER College Destinations Index based on the area’s performance across 12 factors including: Academic Environment, Quality of Life, Cost of Living, Arts and Leisure, City Accessibility, Creative Class, Professional Opportunities, Entrepreneurial Activity, Unemployment Rate, and Brain Gain/Drain.
According to Steven Cunningham, AIER Director of Research and Education, “The characteristics that make up a great college destination often make a location ideal for business, retirement and tourism. A top AIER College Destinations Index ranking should be just as important to the town or city as it is to the schools located there and the families and students attending or considering them.”