By Christina Sturgis
The American Institute of Economic Research has released a ranking of institutions of higher learning that ranks top higher education institutions in relation to the culture, housing and places that surround them. The good news is that Streetsboro is strategically located near some of the best college towns in the nation.
The Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor metropolitan statistical area is 16th in the organization’s annual rankings of 20 mid-size metros, a list that is topped by San Jose, Calif., and ends with Indianapolis. The AIER made a comprehensive analysis of factors that influence the academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunities after graduation.
The Buckeye State fared well in the analysis, too. The Columbus area ranked 10th and Cincinnati ranked 15th in the mid-size metro category. Cleveland scored best, according to AIER’s analysis, for its cost of living: a two-bedroom apartment costs about $741 per month and the per capita income is $41,026.
Columbus has the most favorable ratings for the proportion of college students (89.9), the percentage of non-resident students (3.8), the academic research and development dollars per capita ($448) and the percentage of people ages 25 to 34 with at least a bachelor’s degree (38.5). Fifteenth-ranked Cincinnati received its highest rank for cost of living; the two-bedroom apartment costs $740 per month.
Streetsboro is within a day’s drive of third-ranked Pittsburgh, a city that scored impressively on diversity with a 4.5 percent of non-resident students, on research and development dollars ($492) and percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with at least a bachelor’s degree (41.58).
Ohio colleges and universities, including Case Western Reserve University, Oberlin College, John Carroll University, Baldwin-Wallace University, Cleveland State University and Kent State University helped improve the state’s rankings on the lists.
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