Here at HSJ, we have done a ton of research over the years. Some of this research has been used for investigative reports, and some has lingered for months in our computers. This offseason, we will dust of some old research and formulate articles for the general public.
So, for our first effort this offseason, we give you the top 10 college towns in the Big 12.
1. Lawrence, Kansas – Forgetting about the bitter cold winters and the fact that you can’t throw a snowball without hitting a frat guy, Lawrence is without question the top college town in the Big 12.
2. Norman, Oklahoma – Oklahoma has a beautiful campus and the football-centric culture really comes alive on football Saturdays.
3. Fort Worth, Texas – Fort Worth is a cool town. It really isn’t a college town, especially since TCU is such a tiny school, but the few students who do live in Fort Worth certainly enjoy the experience.
4. Manhattan, Kansas - Aggieville is fun. The students have a blast. This is what a college town is all about.
5. Ames, Iowa – Iowa State is a large school with over 30,000 students. The small town of Ames features a high student ratio and creates the most school spirit in the Big 12 outside of The Little Apple.
6. Stillwater, Oklahoma – The campus itself looks like an abandoned military base, but the bar to student ratio within walking distance is off the charts for such a small town.
7. Lubbock, Texas – Too many days of dust storms and bad smells take up the year in Lubbock. It’s almost impossible to be happy in this place.
8. Waco, Texas – Again, this is not really a college town. The Baptist Church sucks the life out of this place.
9. Morgantown, West Virginia – Along with Lubbock, Morgantown is known for being in the middle of nowhere. It’s rare a town this small could have riots, but there is definitely a backwoods element that surges to the forefront on happy occasions.
10. Austin, Texas - Like Waco and Fort Worth, this is not a college town. In fact, it’s home to the worst traffic in Texas. Bums live on and across from campus, and the neighborhoods surround the university are unsafe. Once a great city, Austin has now fallen way down the list of livable cities, and definitely does not offer a positive experience for college students.