7. Huntsville, AL
Huntsville, which is located in Madison County and has about 180,000 residents, was voted as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.
Companies that have moved here along the Tennessee River include NASA, the United State Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Redstone Arsenal and several textile mills and ammunition factories. Noted nearby universities include Alabama A&M. Students and post graduates enjoy the growing aerospace engineering industry.
6. Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, which is located in Washtenaw County, is home to about 114,000 residents, and it’s the sixth largest city in Michigan. It’s also part of the larger Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint area which encompasses about 5.4 million people.
Home to the University of Michigan, students who work in research live in this area. The university employs about 30,000 people with 12,000 working at the medical facility alone.
The city also has several high technology companies that work in conjunction with the university. Students and graduate students enjoy careers in this city working at companies like Thomson Reuters and Google AdWords.
Voted most educated city twice, it’s also an area that boasts of beautiful nature trails, canoe rides on the Huron River and ample shopping along Main Street.
It’s also one of the highest percentage cities with residents having a college degree.
5. Rockville, MD
Rockville is a thriving city in Montgomery County and it has about 61,000 residents.
In the center of what’s referred to as the Interstate 270 Technology Corridor, Rockville residents have access to several software companies and biotechnology firms.
They also have access to top government institutions. Top educational institutions like Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, and Howard University are also near the Rockville area.
There are also top jobs at the State Department and National Institute of Health, along with several non-governmental business, defense contractors and other companies that require employees with advanced degrees.
Additional factors that draw people to this area include several major shopping centers and large retail hubs all throughout Montgomery County.
4. Falcon Heights, MN
Falcon Heights is minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Additional draws include proximity to the Les Bolstad Golf Course, the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life, and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds that draw about one million visitors every year.
Voted as one of the most educated cities due to the university education accomplishments of its residents, Falcon Heights was also ranked as one of the highest educated U.S. cities. About 70% of residents have their Bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree.