The American Institute for Economic Research did some...research...and came up with the top destination college towns. "The “college experience” is about more than simply attending a top-notch university. The city or town where the school is located also is important. The people students meet, the places they go, and the jobs they may hold are essential supplements to formal education."
The Institute found the top 75, but singled out the top five college towns in 4 categories: Major Metros, Mid-Sized Metros, Small Metros and the top five overall college towns.
Number one in the best college town category was the city of Ithaca New York. And oddly, at least in my mind, Iowa has two in this top five category, Ames and Iowa City. You can click any of the colored splotches on the map for more info on each of the 75 towns.