These 171 counties are scattered around the country and are generally located near large colleges and universities.
College Towns are home to nearly 25 million people. These counties also hold a large number of college graduates; 38% have at least a bachelor’s degree. Despite high levels of education, median household income in College Towns is $59,200, below the national average. Access to healthcare in these communities is more available than in other places, with nearly 100 fewer people per primary care physician than the national average. Similarly, the median ratio of population to mental health providers is 305:1, compared to the national average of 338:1. Voter turnout sits at 62%, which is 6 points below the national average.