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WalletHub ranks college towns to help HS seniors determine where to live

Dec. 1. To help college-bound high school seniors determine their future home for the next several years, WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities – also grouped by city size – based on 32 key indicators of academic, social and economic growth potential.

Charlotte ranked 17th of 66 in the large city ranking. Davidson did not place in any category.

The data set ranges from the cost of living to the quality of higher education to the crime rate.

Best vs. Worst

—Richmond, Kentucky, has the lowest cost of a two-bedroom apartment rental, $783 per month, which is 4.2 times lower than in Santa Cruz, California, the city with the highest at $3,293 per month.

—Brownsville, Texas, has the lowest cost-of-living index for young people, 77.92, which is 2.9 times lower than in Stanford, California, the city with the highest at 223.41.

—Savannah, Georgia, has the lowest cost of higher education, $17,414 per year, which is 4.7 times lower than in Evanston, Illinois, the city with the highest at $81,283 per year.

—Stony Brook University, New York, has the most enrolled students (per 1,000 residents), 954, which is 22.7 times more than in Cape Coral, Florida, the city with the fewest at 42.