STATEWIDE -- Some of our local college communities are in the spotlight, highlighted on lists of the top college destinations in the country.
The rankings are put together by the American Institute for Economic Research based on twelve criteria covering academics, quality of life and professional opportunity.
Ithaca took the top spot on list of College Towns, which covers areas with fewer than 250,000 residents.
It beat out places like Ames, Iowa and State College, Pennsylvania.
And on the list of Small Metro areas, Binghamton ranked 13, with Syracuse coming in 20th.
Boulder, Colorado and Ann Arbor, Michigan took the top two spots on that list.
The study looked at 229 areas across the US, with the top 75 picked from regions with 15,000 students or more.
If you'd like to see the complete lists, visit this link.