Darren Praderio

A Real Estate Agent at QuietSky Homes

Darren Praderio

QuietSky Homes

A Real Estate Agent based in University of West Alabama

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Demographics

Demographics

Darren Praderio - Real Estate Agent

Around 3,200 people reside in Livingston, Alabama. About 61% are African American, 38% are White, and 2% are Hispanic. There are many more women than men here, and for every 100 women over 18, there are only 78 men over 18. A whopping 46% of the population is below the poverty line. One of every two children is below the poverty line. Nearly 5,200 students attend UWA as of Fall 2011, of which 75% are female, and 25% are male. The majority of male students are White or African American, and the same goes for female students. Most students are from either Alabama or Mississippi, though there are 73 students from foreign countries.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UWA public transportation is nonexistent. Most students agree that most everything you need is within walking distance anyway. In Livingston, the majority of residents drive as their primary form of transportation. Due to the size of Livingston, public transit is not present, and frankly, not needed.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Wisconsin Marathon took place in Kenosha in 2009, and an annual “Salute to Freedom” festival occurs every June. The Taste of Wisconsin occurs in Kenosha, drawing over 25,000 visitors. There is a Summertime Art Fair with 4,000 guests, Renaissance Fair bringing in nearly 20,000 guests, and Friends of the Museums Art Fair with over 5,000 guests. With these big events, Kenosha is becoming more and more popular to visit.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Kenosha is the sort of place people live in, and then commute out of for work. It’s a quiet, residential town. It is a mainly white-collar. With Kenosha’s harbor, it is growing into a local vacation spot, and so the tourism to Kenosha is growing. About 25% of households in Kenosha bring in more than 75k a year, and 50%, more than 50k a year. The job growth outlook is good.

 
Weather

Weather

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The tropical climate of Honolulu is the main reason for its tourist appeal. It is always sunny, and rain usually falls in the winter. Waterspouts occur off the coast every few years, but otherwise, natural disaster is very rare. With the ocean temperatures in the mid-70s year round, and temperatures in the 80s and 90s every day, Honolulu is undeniably lovely.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The KCC campus is extremely safe, and crime is almost nonexistent. Like most cities, the City Center of Honolulu has a higher crime rate than most other areas. Generally the further from the coast you go, the rarer crime becomes. KCC is located in the Kaalawai area, which is a pretty safe area, and security is quite present on campus. The closest “unsafe” area is up near Waikiki.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Salisbury is one of the most inexpensive places to live in the area, though Delmar about 6 miles away gives it a run for its money. There are several apartment complexes offering one-bedrooms for less than $700/month, and even some under $600/month. There are plenty of two-bedrooms for less than $800/month, and three-bedrooms can often be under $900-$1000/month. There are pet friendly apartments like Mill Pond Village, Victoria Park, Gateway Village, and the Parkside Apartments, for example. Island Club and Runaway Bay come with washer and dryers, and the Pemberton Manor and Salisbury Apartments allow more flexible leases. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find living arrangements in Salisbury.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Salisbury is home to the Salisbury Zoo, as well as several Museums, a mall called The Centre, and a golf academy. The Regal Cinema is the local movie theater, and there are a fair amount of local restaurants. All in all, Salisbury is not the most exciting place to live, though Ocean City is about 40 minutes away which is pretty fun.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There are so many bars in Savannah it is hard to narrow down to just a few. The Moon River Brewing Company is one of the most popular, though also full of tourists. Wet Willie’s and the Jazz’d Tapas Bar are also hotspots, as is Jen’s and Friends. Savannah Smiles makes for a fun night of drinking and dancing, though you can dance at Venus de Milo, the Saya Lounge, Club One, Frozen Paradise/Inferno Lounge... the list goes on and on. There are performing arts theaters, movie theaters, and art galleries to check out in Savannah too.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Savannah has a FREE downtown transportation system consisting of Express Shuttles and Streetcars with stops around the Historic District, and a ferry to Hutchinson Island. There are inexpensive parking sites in Savannah too, called “Best Bets.” Savannah Tech is served by a public transit system as well, known as CAT. None of the shuttles serve Savannah Tech, though some buses have routes stopping there. Routes 4, 14, and 114 are the most useful to students.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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UMES has a few different places to dine on campus; The Plateau, Cafe Grande, Hawk’s Nest, and various concession stands. In Princess Anne, there are a few restaurants to choose from. The Beach to Bay Seafood Company is known for having the best seafood in the area, next to Peaky’s. For pizza there’s Caesar’s and Pizza hut, for Chinese, China Chef, and fast food, McDonald’s and Popeye’s. Oscar’s is one of the local bar & grills, and Butterbeans, the local diner.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 4,300 students attend UMES. The student body is 77% African American, 11% White, and 9% other races. Students from over 60 foreign countries attend UMES. About 61% of students are female, and 39% male. More than 25% of UMES students go on to attend graduate school, and 51% of UMES students are first-generation college students, meaning they are the first in their families to attend college.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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There are an insane number of festivals in and around Columbus. The Ohio State Fair, Columbus Arts Festival, the Gay Pride Parade, the Juneteenth Ohio Festival, and the Asian Festival are some of the biggest not only in Ohio, but in the entire midwest, and oftentimes, in the nation. There is a Folk Festival, Park Street Fest, Irish Festival, Latino Festival, Oktoberfest, numerous arts and food&wine festivals, and so many more. There are even more unique festivals like a Sports Festival, Book Festival, Sangria Festival, Egyptian Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival and a ZombieWalk.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The traffic in Columbus is not particularly good, but in comparison with other big cities, the drivers here are more courteous, and commute times are not that long, however frustrating they may be. Rush Hour here is more of a “Rush Hours” period. Routes 70 and 71 have their issues, as do 270 and 670, but Columbus drivers don’t seem to bitter, at least not yet!

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Penn State is surrounding by small towns. The nearest big-gish town near Penn State is probably Bellefonte and it only has around 6,200 residents. Altoona has around 50,000 residents, though it’s nearly an hour from Penn State. In any case, this whole area of Pennsylvania has an unemployment rate averaging between 7-8% as of January 2013, better than the national average. Penn State has numerous student employment opportunities on-campus, as well as services to help students find employment. There are enough jobs on-campus for well over a thousand students.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Penn State is a college with a very high number of sex offenses annually. Assaults are fairly common as well, as is burglary, and drug and alcohol arrests. Vandalism is a problem. Even considering its size, Penn State is crime-ridden. Students often complain there is not a big enough security presence on-campus, though the university has begun making safety a top priority, offering more police escorts than ever.

 
Weather

Weather

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Norfolk has a humid climate with some mild seasonal changes. Summers often reach into the 90s, and are uncomfortably humid. May through August are very sunny. Winters are not too too cold, usually in the 40s and 50s, and overnight temps hang around the 30s. July and August are actually the rainiest months, and winters don’t usually see more than a half foot of snow in total.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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TCC doesn’t have dorms or frats, so all partying is strictly elsewhere in town. There are a fair amount of establishments in Norfolk that are open ‘til midnight or 2-3am. A.W. Shucks is very popular, both for their good food, and draft selection. The Public House has a smoking and non-smoking area, some pool tables, and is a nice hang-out. Bardo’s is a tapas bar with wonderful food and delicious drinks. The Birch Bar is a great beer bar, Red Dog Saloon has a great Happy Hour, Hell’s Kitchen is popular with its unique interior, Baxter’s is a classy sports pub, and these are only a few of the bars in town.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 6,500 students attend MWSU. There are slightly more women than men, with the student body being 58% female and 44% male. Around 63% of students are White, 12% Black, 12% Hispanic, 8% from a foreign country, 3% Asian, and 1% American Indian. The college itself is more diverse than the city it is in. Wichita Falls has a little over 100,000 residents, of which 72% are White, 15% are Hispanic, 9% are Black, 2% are Asian, 2% are Multiracial, and 1% is American Indian. Half of the population is made up of married couples.The biggest employer in town is the Sheppard Air Force Base with over 12,200 employees, and the school district, which has over 2,000 employees. About 80% of the population over 25 has a high school diploma. About 53% of citizens are Southern Baptist, and 15% Catholic.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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There are a few areas of Wichita Falls that have higher crime rates than normal. Monroe Street/Kell Boulevard, Call Field Road/Kemp Boulevard, Old Iowa Park Road/North Beverly Drive, and North Rosewood Ave/Harding Street are all areas that have elevated crime rates. There is gang activity, graffiti, vandalism in some areas, but the area of town where MWSU is located is clean, beautiful, and friendly. It seems to be downtown, really, where crime is centered. The far west part of WF is safe to live, as are the tiny towns in WF, Petrolia, and Byers. At MWSU each year, there are usually a couple sex offenses, at least 30 burglaries, and a couple arrests related to drugs or alcohol.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Texas Rose Festival is Tyler’s biggest annual draw. As many as 10,000 tourists visit Tyler during this time, and also frequent the Rose Museum which celebrates it’s history. The East Texas State Fair is also held in Tyler. The Festival on the Square is an annual music concert in Downtown Tyler, from 5pm until midnight. The Art of Peace Festival is entering its third year in 2013, which celebrates a day of international peace with music, poetry, art, and public speakers.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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You can’t mention dining in Tyler without mentioning Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q. Then again, the Bernard Mediterranean Restaurant, with its completely opposite cuisine, isn’t one to leave out either. For breakfast, it’s The Egg and I, for burgers, it’s Jucy’s. If you want a lovely date, a hearty meal, or the best Mexican food around, it’s Villa Montez. Or maybe the best restaurant is the Veranda, with its delicious Indian cuisine, or if you’re a dessert-first kind of person, it’s Andy’s Frozen Custard, or Cafe Tazza. One thing is for sure, and it’s that in Tyler, you won’t go hungry.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Butler is less than 5 miles from Broad Ripple, which is where all the bars are. The convenient shuttle to Broad Ripple is more fondly referred to as “The Drunk Bus,” since it’s main purpose seems to be lugging drunk students back to campus. Fraternities also throw their share of parties on campus. Around Broad Ripple, there are a ton of bars in a compact area. Connor’s Pub and the Alley Cat Lounge are fun dive bars, Kilroy’s, Plump’s and Brother’s are popular sports bars, and for hookah, head to the Egyptian Cafe, LAVA, or Hookah Nights. As far as dance clubs go, the Rock Lobster is always mobbed with drunk college students, and the Vogue Nightclub is usually really full too.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The public transportation in Indianapolis is provided by IndyGo. There are 16 routes that run every single day, 10 that run every day except Sunday, and 4 more that run only on weekdays. BU is located near an area of Indianapolis that most routes pass through, and the campus is located right between Route 34 and 28. BU also has its own transportation--the shuttle bus, which goes to the Glendale Mall and Broad Ripple. ZipCars are available for rent on campus, taxis can be hailed in the city. Most students say everything they need is in walking distance, and that it’s not a big deal to have a car on campus since parking isn’t very expensive.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The unemployment rate in Brooklyn as of December 2012, was 9.5%, higher than Manhattan’s 7.3% and Queens’ 7.9%, and the national average of 8.4%. The majority of Brooklyn’s employers are not big companies, but smaller businesses. Nearly 23% of households in Brooklyn make less than 15k a year, and 35% make less than 25k a year, and 83% make less than 75k a year. Less than 9% of households bring in more than 100k annually. About a quarter of the population is under the poverty line. As of June 2012, 32% of the population works in the Service business.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The dorming situation at LIU Brooklyn only allows for about 700 students to live on-campus, so the majority of students are commuters. Brooklyn is not an affordable place to live. Even a one-bedroom will cost at least $1000/month. If you are trying to save money, you would probably be better off living in New Jersey and commuting. Union City and North Bergen, for example, are markedly less expensive.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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With the amount of actors, artists, musicians, writers, dancers and sports teams that LA has, there is no shortage of shows, galleries, games, and events to attend on a regular basis. There are an incredible number festivals here each year, too. There are music festivals, like the Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, the Grand Performances Summer Festival, Summer Concerts at the Grove, and more. There are food festivals too, like Drink Eat Play, and LA Winefest, and many ethnic festivals such as the Lotus Festival, Cuban Music Festival, Oktoberfest, Nisei Week, Dia de Los Muertos, and so many more. There are car shows, film festivals, major sporting events, parades, holiday celebrations... there’s always something to throw a party for in LA.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate at SWLaw is very low. In the past few years, there have only been a couple burglaries on-campus, and on public property near the school, a couple stolen cars, and one arrest. The neighborhood near Koreatown/Westlake/Rampart Village where the campus is located is also pretty safe. Thefts are really the only crime that occurs in this area.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Newark is home to many big events throughout the year. The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is a four-day poetry festival, the biggest in North America, though in recent years it has struggled financially. In 2006, 16,000 people attended, but in October 2012, only 11,000 people attended. The Festival Director blames the economy. Each spring in Newark is the McDonald’s Gospelfest, which draws over 80,000 auditions, and includes hundreds of performers. The Portugal Day Festival happens each year around June 10, with a parade, prizes, and a street festival. Other Newark festivals include the Cherry Blossom Festival, Lincoln Park Music Festival, Black Film Festival, Sarah Vaughan Jazz Festival, Brazilian Independence Day Festival, and Open Doors. The New Jersey Devils also play their hockey games in Newark.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 11,000 students attend Rutgers University in Newark. About ⅔ are full-time. The Newark campus of Rutgers was recently rated the Most Diverse University Campus in the US by US News & Travel Report. There is a fairly equal amount of men and women here. About 31% of students are White, 17% are Asian, 15% are Hispanic, 15% are Black, 11% are American Indian or Alaskan Native, and 6% are from foreign countries. The city of Newark has over 277,000 residents, of which 52% are Black, 26% are White, 2% are Asian, 15% are Other, and Hispanic/Latino of any race makes up 34% of the population. About 38% of the population is under the age of 24. Sadly, 46% of related children under 18, and 32% of people over 65 are in poverty here. Overall, 25% of families are under the poverty line.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 9,000 students are enrolled at FLC. About 60% are female and 40% are male. More than 52% are between 18 and 24, while 22% are over the age of 40. The student body is 66% White, 13% Hispanic/Latino, 12% Asian/Filipino/Pacific Islander, 3% African American, 3% Native American, and 3% Other. There are 72,200 people living in Folsom. The city is 74% White, 13% Asian, 6% African American, and 1% Native American. About 11% are Hispanic/Latino of any race. Folsom is home to both the Folsom State Prison and California State Prison-Sacramento, so about a tenth of the population is incarcerated. About 60% of the population is made up of married couples.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are no dorms at FLC since it is a community college. All students either live with family, live locally, or commute. Folsom is not an inexpensive place to live, but it’s not the worst either. A one-bedroom will cost generally around $950/month or so, and a two-bedroom around $1000/month. Orangevale, Granite Bay, and Fair Oaks are all more inexpensive places to live according to rental data.

 
Weather

Weather

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North Carolina is known for its lovely weather, though there are the occasional picky people who think it’s too hot in the summer. Summer days are usually in the upper 80s and low 90s. Winters can sometimes get very cold and a cold snap of days in the 30s is not unheard of, though generally winter days are expected to be in the upper 40s and 50s. Snow is rare, and maybe three inches will fall all year. May through July are incredibly sunny, while December and January are oftentimes cloudy. March sees the most rain. Tornadoes are a possibility in this region, and in 1994 a tornado hit about four miles from the center of Charlotte. Hurricanes can occasionally affect this region as well. The air quality, albeit often dry, is very good, and in several categories, like sulfur dioxide, significantly better than the US average.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The areas around JWU Charlotte, the Third and Fourth Ward neighborhoods, there are a few nice places to eat. Alexander Michael’s is an extremely popular (and always packed!) American pub-style restaurant. It is very easy to miss, with its quaint, country-home exterior. The VGBG Beer Hall and Garden has impressive beers, a window to order food, an outdoor patio with games, and a cool atmosphere. Mattie’s Diner is close to VGBG, and the best place for breakfast. It’s a homey environment complete with juke boxes. The Little Village Grill is close to campus, and has the most delicious Greek and Italian food nearby. On campus, the Student Dining Center is open at 6am on school days, until 9pm, and on weekends, 11am to 7pm. Most students aren’t very big fans of this dining hall, but thankfully, within walking distance there is a Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Great Wok, The Cedar Street Tavern, Starbucks, and if you want to walk 10 minutes, a Dunkin Donuts.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Some of the most popular bars near Des Plaines are in Rosemont, like Shoeless Joe’s, or Mount Prospect, like Emerson’s Ale House. If you’re set on staying within the town borders, Ssaboo Hourglass is a good place to go late-night for heavy drinking. Then again, most of the bars are for that purpose, and you’d be in good company at Excueses or the Miner Street Tavern, which is open til 4am Thursday through Saturday. Lee Street Billiards is a fun divey bar to play pool that also has live music some nights. Cube is another local favorite, where you can drink, dance, and hear live music.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Crime at the Des Plaines campus of OCC is somewhat rare. There are some thefts, and occasional assaults, and that’s about it. The area where OCC is located is not the most crime-free, but it’s not the worst either. The campus itself is constantly patrolled by officers and guards. Des Plaines is really safe too. According to one website, it’s safer than 64% of the United States, but it seems higher. The center of town has the highest crime rate, along with Lee and Miner St. The western half of Des Plaines is very safe in general. Des Plaines has a few questionable areas, but they are visibly questionable and you’ll know right away if it’s dangerous or not.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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One of the biggest annual festivals in Lowell is the Lowell Folk Festival. There are tons of musicians performing live, lots of dancing, ethnic food, arts and crafts, the Art in the Courtyard exhibit, clowns, jump-ropers, ethnic performances, jugglers, and more. In February, Winterfest draws families from all over the state to watch or participate in contests in Microbrewing, Trivia, Soup, and Human Dogsledding. There is also live music and free ice skating. The 119 Gallery puts on several art events throughout the year. Other festivals include the African Festival, In The Acre Neighborhood Celebration, Puerto Rican Festival, Southeast Asian Water Festival, Quilt Festival, Summer Music Series, New England Poetry Conference, the Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival, and so much more.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Lowell has a rich history, and therefore has its share of small museums and historical sites, as well as parks and cemeteries. Lowell also has a big nightlife scene, but for during the day, there are plenty of things to do too. In Lowell, UMass has a Rec Center, there are many parks to play sports at or picnic, and there is hiking, bowling, Segway tours, the movies, and a skating rink. Hear live music at the Back Page Jazz and Comedy Club, see a show at the Merrimack Repertory Theater, watch a Lowell Spinners game, or watch one of your favorite big-name performers at the Tsongas Arena. Lowell is home to art galleries and festivals, restaurants and bars, and conveniently about 40 minutes from Boston.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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About 17% of Charleston households bring in more than 75k a year. Almost 50% make less than 25k a year. The most common occupations for both men and women in Charleston are in Educational Services, followed by Food Services and Health care. There are a fair amount of cashiers and waitresses. Since Charleston is a college-town, there are a plethora of entry-level jobs. More than half of residents take less than 20 minutes to get to work, and only 2% work from home. EIU’s Career Services holds Job Fairs, free counseling, “externships” to see if they really want a career in their specified field, and with Panther Recruiting Plus (for $75), there are jobs and internships available to apply for, as well as places to post your resume and portfolio.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 21,000 people live in Charleston. The population is 90% White, 6% Black, 2% Asian, and 2% Hispanic. There are many more women than men here, with only 84 men over the age of 18 for every 100 women over 18. Over 40% of the population is below the poverty line, though this number is affected by the 10,000 students at EIU. At EIU, the most popular programs are Kinesiology, Elementary Education, and Biological Sciences and while the most popular concentrations are Exercise Science, Mathematics, Sport Management. The vast majority of students are White (7,700), followed by Black (1,600), and Hispanic (400). About a quarter of students went to high school in Cook County.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are no dorms at IVC, so all students must make their own living arrangements. There are not many apartments available in Imperial, so those wanting to rent in apartment will generally have to live in El Centro, about fifteen minutes away, or Brawley, about twenty minutes North. About a third of IVC students are over the age of 30, and have established a place of residence in the area. In El Centro, most one-bedrooms are around $1000/month in apartment complexes, though private listings, and there are some options around $600/month.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public transportation in Imperial is not too bad. There are Greyhound buses and Imperial Valley Transit buses, too. IVT has a stop on campus at IVC, and Express options for students with Red and Black Tickets. You can ride to either El Centro with a Blue Ticket, and with a Green Ticket, many surrounding locations, even as far as Winterhaven and Bombay Beach. Riding with IVT is very inexpensive. As nice as the Express options and stops for IVC students are, there is still a desire for more services and more reliable service.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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All the big-population cities near Waco are at least an hour away, but Waco is no slouch either, with around 230,000 residents. In a city of that many, plenty of people don’t leave for work. Several thousand people work in Waco at one of the various schools and colleges, while thousands of others, the local hospital. Even Wal-mart has 1300 employees. The traffic in Waco itself is never a problem, as well as to any of the surrounding towns. The traffic around Dallas and Austin, if you head out that far, can get bad, especially if there is construction underway on the freeway.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are so many great restaurants in Waco, from D’s Mediterranean Grill, to Dave’s Burger Barn, you won’t go hungry. For Tex-Mex, try Rosa’s, and for pizza, go to Baris. For a nice dinner with the family, go to George’s, and for breakfast, Cafe Cappuccino is pretty well-liked. Baylor has so many places to eat on campus however, you may never decide to venture out for other food! The Penland Food Court, RFoC, Collins Cafe, and the Great Hall at Brooks are all on-campus options. There are also some Starbucks, Moe’s, Which Wich, a few Cafes, and the Food Court which has Chick-Fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Quizno’s, Panda Express, and more.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Portland is home to SO many annual events! Harvest on the Harbor is Portland’s Food & Wine Festival, though participating in tastings is a bit expensive. The Portland Maine Film Festival occurs each fall, the Annual Old Port Festival happens downtown in June, with a parade, live music, rides, games, performers, and food. The Sidewalk Art Festival is a huge art festival, the biggest in the Northeast, which draws over 40,000 visitors. All of downtown is cleared of cars, and tons of artists set up their exhibits. The Picnic Music & Arts Festival, the following week after the Sidewalk Art Festival, is geared toward a younger audience, with arts and crafts, clothes and jewelry vendors, and live indie music.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Portland, overall, is a safe place. The areas near the City Center have the highest crime rates, like the stretch of coastline around Maine College of Art, Marginal Way, and Park Ave. Many people avoid Cumberland Ave and Preble Street. Some safer places to live include Brighton Corner, East End, Munjoy Hill, the West End, the areas around Deering High School, Nasons Corner, and many other locations. The area of Portland where USM is located is very close to some sketchy areas, but its campus itself is fairly safe. At USM, in recent years there have been only thefts on-campus, and liquor- and drug-violations off-campus. The Portland campus is extremely safe and all students feel very secure. There have been rumors of ghosts however...

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The nightlife in Glenwood Springs is not super active. Residents enjoy grabbing a beer at Glenwood Canyon, Double Dog Pub, and Big Daddy’s, and Loyal Brothers is a surprisingly cool nightclub, but otherwise, you’ll have to leave town for some more options. Grand Junction is about an hour and a half away, and really, everything in Colorado is far apart. It takes a good hour to get anywhere, and most of those places have dive bars too. If you wanted a bustling nightlife and eclectic cultural experience, you came to the wrong place!

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Despite a small population of less than 10,000 residents, the crime rate in Glenwood Springs is surprisingly high. The number of sex offenders is very low, at four, and many years go by without a murder. Only a few sex offenses happen annually, as do auto thefts, and arson is even rarer. However, there is a lot of theft and burglary. The chances of becoming a victim of property crime in Glenwood Springs are 1 in 20. The majority of crime in Glenwood Springs takes place around Cardiff, Grand Ave, and 8th Street.

 
Weather

Weather

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Shippensburg has a climate typical to the Northeastern region of the US. It has four seasons; snow in the winter, rain in the spring, humidity in the summer, and beautiful fall foliage. Summer days are usually in the 70s and 80s, and winter days in the 20s and 30s. Shippensburg sees a fair amount of snow, especially in January and February. It can snow as late as March, or as early as November. November through January are the cloudiest months, while July through October are the sunniest. The chance of natural disasters is pretty rare here, though occasionally hurricanes and snowstorms can cause minor problems. The air quality is not good here, worse than the US average actually, and the PM and Ozone levels are high.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Shippensburg isn’t the most exciting place. It is a couple hours from both Philadelphia and Baltimore, and Harrisburg is a solid 45-minutes away. The Shippensburg Community Fair and annual Corn Festival are a big deal in town, but on a regular basis, things to do are limited. There is a Walmart in town, a plethora of not-so-bad restaurants, a couple dive bars frequented by college students, and a couple art galleries. You can go bowling, go to the gym, or mini golf at Olde Scotland Yard. Otherwise, you’ll want to stick to the SUP campus and get involved in clubs and organizations.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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USC is known for its grand size, and with around 17,500 undergrads and 20,000 grads, the student body is no joke. Only 20% of freshman undergraduate applicants were accepted for enrollment in 2012. Of the undergraduate student body, 47% are Caucasian, 22% are Hispanic, 21% are Asian, 9% are International students, 6% are Black, and 1% are Native American. The graduate and professional student demographics look a bit different; 32% are Caucasian, 25% are International, 20% are Asian, 8% are Hispanic, and 4% are Black.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are numerous public transportation options for students. Zipcars are available for rent daily, the Zimride is a resource to find others to carpool with, many students ride Bicycles, the Yellow Cabs around campus accept USCards which students carry, and the Campus Cruisers are police escorts who will pick you up and take you wherever you need to go if you feel unsafe. Most widely used are the campus shuttles and buses, which have numerous routes all around campus and to various off-campus locations. You’d be hard-pressed to find a student who didn’t utilize or appreciate the transportation USC offers, though the students who want to travel off-campus into LA might find it a little trickier.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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There are many big festivals in the Bell County region. Each April, “Celebrate Killeen” occurs with food, live music, tournaments, a car show, a fun run, and more, drawing around 8,000 visitors. Around 1,000 people attend the Caribbean Afr’am Festival each year, which celebrates various African cultures with music, dance, cuisine, and a marketplace. Fifteen minutes down the street, in Copperas Cove, is the annual Rabbit Fest which brings in over 20,000 people with vendors, arts and crafts, live music, a carnival and more. About 20 minutes in the other direction, Belton hosts the Festival on Nolan Creek, drawing over 30,000 guests, with food, animals, contests, arts and crafts, and a big patriotic parade. The Festival on Nolan Creek was voted to the Top 10 US Parades by USA Today. In Salado, Texas, a half hour from Killeen, the annual Texas Wine & Rogue Art Festival takes place, with about 2,000 attendees.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Killeen is a pretty inexpensive place to live, and is one of the more affordable cities in the region. There are many one- and two-bedroom apartments for less than $500/month. Even three-bedrooms average around just $800/month. Since CTC accepts all applicants, they don’t provide housing except for about 1-2%. Considering the inexpensive living arrangement possibilities, this isn’t a bad gig! Choosing roommates will decrease your monthly rent even more, and you could be looking at just $250/month.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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NYC is known for its giant economy. Even for college-aged students and recent grads, this is a great place to find work and thrive. In December 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.8%, which is slightly higher than the nation’s average. For graduates of an Ivy League college like Columbia, job prospects are good for most fields. Columbia offers its share of Work Study jobs, as well as many other on-campus jobs. The Columbia Center for Career Education has a LionSHARE website to help students find jobs, as well as career fairs, workshops, and lectures.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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In the Morningside Heights area of New York where Columbia University is located, there are many good restaurants. For pizza, students love Koronet Pizza, which sells the biggest slices of pizza fathomable. One slice is more than enough! For seafood, Mediterranean, or fine-dining, Vareli has the most delicious fancy entrees, and is the perfect spot for a date night. For those veggie-loving hipsters, there is Maoz Vegetarian, which is inexpensive and healthy, and popular with Columbia students. There are many fast food places nearby too, like Falafel on Broadway, McDonald’s, Mama’s Fried Chicken, Popeye’s, and more. Columbia has many on-campus options, though, if you want to stay nearby. There are deli shops, cafes, the dining hall, a c-store, gourmet-style food, Taiwanese, smoothies, coffee shops, and more, all within a few minute walk.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Alvin is a fairly safe place to live, though nearby areas like Santa Fe, Danbury and Friendswood are much safer. Manvel and Webster have higher crime rates. There are remarkably few sex offenders, with just one registered as of 2013 in the entire city. A murder occurs every other year or so, and there are a handful of sex offenses and arson cases. The violent crime rates here are lower than the national averages. The theft rate is somewhat higher, however, and generally matches up with the national average. Alvin has less police officers than the Texas average, as of 2011. In recent years at ACC, there have been no murders or assaults, and one forcible sex offense. There are around 20 thefts a year, and a handful of liquor violations. The campus is extremely safe, with an active police and security presence, security cameras, and lots of lighting. Alvin also has its own police academy, so students feel doubly safe.

 
Weather

Weather

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The weather in Alvin, Texas is very warm. Between April and October, the temperatures exceed 80 degrees most days, and in July and August, can often reach into the 100s. Winter days are usually in the 50s, though can sink into the 40s. June and September see the most rain, while February and March are the driest months. It is very humid year-round. Snow is extremely rare. Between June and October, most days are sunny or partly cloudy, while December through March have more cloudy and overcast days than clear days. Tornadoes may sometimes strike in the area, but the only natural disasters to directly affect Alvin are hurricanes. Overall, despite the humidity, the air quality here is very good. Every few years, there are groundwater violations however, with coliform in the water.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Bakersfield has around 350,000 residents, of which 56.8% are White, 8.2% are Black, 6.2% are Asian, 1.5% are Native American, and 22% are Other. About 46% of the population is Hispanic or Latino, and of that group, 40% are Mexican, and 2% are Salvodoran. At Bakersfield College, the staff is mainly White, and of the 253 contract faculty, 75% are White. Around 15,000 students attend this college, of which nearly 75% are under age 25. About 60% of students are female and 40% are male. Around 44% of students are Hispanic, 39% are White, 6.5% are Black, and 6.3% are Asian. American Indians account for 1.5%, and other/unknown, for nearly 4%. Most students are part-time.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Bakersfield has an active nightlife. There are several dance clubs, like Club Odyssey, the Sky Bar & Lounge, and the Casablanca Night Club, which seems to be in business solely because it is the only gay bar in town. For karaoke, try Trout’s, or the Wright Place. The Firehouse has a ton of pool tables, but other than that, doesn’t have many good features. Some great places to hear live music include Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace, the Rabobank Arena, Ethel’s Old Corral, and La Movida. Some of the best bars in the area are McMurphy’s, The Mint, Lengthwise, and Sandrini’s.

 

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