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The city of Knoxville, home to UT’s flagship campus, has been ranked 46th overall among the best college towns and cities in the US and 11th among midsize cities by WalletHub, a financial services company.

“Colleges and universities drive their surrounding areas culturally, economically and intellectually,” the report said, making them ideal places to live for both students and nonstudents.

Knoxville’s rankings were based on its cost of living for college-age adults, its rich social environment, and its broad array of academic and economic opportunities.

Nationally, Knoxville ranked one spot above Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home to the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina. Among midsize cities, Knoxville ranked one spot above Pasadena, California, home to the California Institute of Technology and host of the annual Rose Bowl football game.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180,