August 10, 2018

West Chester Tops List of Best College Towns

For the second consecutive year, the beautiful Borough of West Chester tops the 2018 list of Best College Towns according to (HSI).

As befits the entity that compiled the list, internet connectivity is a prime factor they considered when they set their tool “The U.S. City You Should be Living In” to search for criteria that should be important to college students. They also evaluated low cost of living, walkability, low crime rate, and a predominantly single and educated population. The algorithm uses data from sites across the web, including,,, C2ER,, Kelly Norton, and Walk Score. “We adapted this tool to find cities with an ideal environment for college students,” notes HSI staffer Rachel Oaks.

The website even mentions Rams After Hours (formerly Sykes after Dark) when talking about what to do on campus and uptown.

The borough was previously named one of three winners of the 2017 Great American Main Street Award from the National Main Street Center Inc., the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to commercial district revitalization. That organization applauded efforts to preserve the area’s historic and cultural heritage while modernizing the borough into a fine-dining destination.

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