3. Corvallis, Oregon
Corvallis is a city in Oregon that houses a robust community of more than 10,000 families. Oregon State University is a major employer of Corvallis. Because of this concentration of employment opportunities, the city routinely launches a website to attract creative professionals.
Corvallis has been ranked as one of the top 100 best places to live in the United States, as well as the go-to place to launch a new business. Corvallis is a unique city, as it is one of the least religious County per capita. There is a large, sweeping diversity when it comes to religious expression and creed.
Something unusual about the population of Corvallis grows exponentially. This past year, the population of Corvallis grew by 1.5 percent. All this underlines the importance of renewable energy and smart transportation, with the city being awarded Gold status by the League of American Bicyclists.
The burgeoning green building materials industry in Corvallis is spearheaded by startups like EcoPro Polymers, which seek to develop adhesives that are plant-based and won’t contribute to the city’s CO2 emissions.
2. Ithaca, New York
Named after the Greek island of Ithaca, Ithaca, NY, is a metropolitan area that caters to more than 30,000 residents. Ithaca is a national hub for political science, manufacturing, and IT development. Ithaca is home to Ithaca College, Cornell University, And Tompkins Cortland Community College.
This brings throngs of engaged, young student bodies that give Ithaca a college-town feel. As of 2006, Ithaca’s expanding economy is up to par to the bustling metropolis of New York City. Ithaca even has its own currency, with the HOUR being equivalent to about 10 USD.
It’s widely accepted in food shops, boutiques, and bookstores. Underlining the importance of community, the Ithaca College Student-Athlete Advisory Council invest in volunteer opportunities in South Hill Elementary School to help enrich the lives of local children.
Due to substantial subsidies and incentives, Ithaca aggressively pursues solar energy, with companies like Renovus Energy growing by 725 percent in the past 4 years. This allows businesses and consumers easy access to affordable solar panels.
1. Columbus, Ohio
The largest city in Ohio, Columbus has a population of over 835,000. The city has a diverse economy that caters to the insurance, education, government, logistics, and healthcare industries.
Home of the Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus is known for its applied science and technology development. Several institutions and facilities are organized in the name of charity, education, and scientific development.
The Chemical Abstracts Service, which distributes disclosures of recently published scientific documents, Net Jets, owner of rental business jets, and Ohio State University, one of the largest institutions in the United States, have created an aura of influence for Columbus.
Just last year, Forbes Magazine named the article among its top 7 smartest cities throughout the entire world.
Columbus is routinely ranked as one of the best cities in the US for business, college sports, technological innovation, and intelligence.
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