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Illinois State’s hometown named Top 10 college town

ISU students in Uptown Normal

Illinois State University students hang out in nearby Uptown Normal.

Illinois State University’s hometown is one of the Top 10 college towns in the U.S., according to a new study.

Our hometown ranks No. 10 in the new research, which analyzes communities based on their quality of life, economic health, and demographics. Bloomington-Normal ranked No. 10 among college towns (smallest metro areas) in the American Institute for Economic Research’s 2017 College Destinations Index.

Bloomington-Normal’s many arts and entertainment venues were cited as one reason for its high ranking, as was the community’s overall low unemployment. The community is “is a hub of activity,” serving as corporate headquarters for State Farm Insurance, COUNTRY Financial, and other employers.

Illinois State is adjacent to Uptown Normal, a thriving business district that’s home to two hotels, an art-house movie theater, shops, and restaurants. The campus is also steps away from Uptown Station, offering easy access to Amtrak trains to Chicago and St. Louis, as well as Bloomington-Normal’s award-winning Connect Transit bus system.

Bloomington-Normal was also recognized by the American Institute for Economic Research last year as one of the top destinations for young college graduates.

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Agree - when anyone asks me where I grew up, I proudly tell them I'm from a wonderful hometown!

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