Kiona Gould

A Real Estate Agent at M. Gould & Co

Kiona Gould

M. Gould & Co

A Real Estate Agent based in The Art Institute of Seattle

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Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The primary mode of public transit here is buses, which transport off-campus students around the city to the institute. Most of the closest buses operate out of Belltown to the east of campus, and they’re always constantly running through the area. Buses 132, 358, 101, and 13 can take you to Downtown and/or the city’s business district, but both of these areas are also within walking distance for students. Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s trendiest neighborhoods and a well-known nightlife destination, is connected to Belltown by bus 8.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Art Institute sits on the coast of the Puget Sound, just southeast of the Olympic Sculpture Park. It’s also just under a mile northwest of Downtown Seattle and is next to Belltown. The sculpture park, with its scenic views of both the Sound and the city’s skyline, and its beautiful fountain, is a popular spot for students because it allows them to relax from the stress of classes and appreciate the splendor of their city. And, of course, downtown is a common weekend destination with its nightlife, arts, music, and sports scenes.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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UB is squished in the middle of the Midtown-Belvedere, Mount Vernon, and Bolton Hill neighborhoods. Personally, Mount Vernon is my favorite neighborhood for restaurants with the Helmand, Akbar, Indigma and Kumari. But Midtown, which is closest to UB, also has some great restaurants, and there’s a great balance between affordable and expensive restaurants there, as well as an eclectic mix of different food styles. Bolton Hill has its fair share of great restaurants too, and if you want more offerings, Downtown is located just south of Mount Vernon.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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It seems that more students are using public transit in their commute than ever, and at UB the transportation options are arguably more diverse than at any other Baltimore school. The school has its own stop on the city’s light rail line (with tickets costing just $1.60.) It also has quite a few stops on the city’s bus line, and in addition the school runs its own free shuttle program. Another shuttle students can take is the Charm City Circulator, another free shuttle that can take students around the area. And there are also two train options: there’s a subway stops that’s just a few blocks from campus, and an Amtrak stop one block away at Pennsylvania Station.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The safest areas in Atlanta are the neighborhoods in the northern end of the city. ATI is near South Atlanta, and is in the middle of some communities that may be cheap but have higher crime rates than average. The nearby areas with the lowest crime are Grant Park and Capitol View/Sylvan Hills, but none of the local neighborhoods are any I’d call the safest in the city. If you want to live in the safest neighborhoods in the city in Northern Atlanta, you can commute back and forth between there and campus easily by using Interstate 85.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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ATI is removed from downtown Atlanta and its surging apartment costs in neighborhoods like Five Points, Candler Park, Inman Park, and the Old Fourth Ward. Some students want to live closer to downtown to soak up the city life, but most try to stay closer to campus in communities like Capitol View, Joyland, Pittsburgh, and South Atlanta. These neighborhoods don’t offer as many activities or as much culture, but they’re cheaper and closer to campus. Plus, you still have good enough access to Atlanta to go there on the weekends.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Wellesley’s campus is secluded, tucked away in a small town that doesn’t offer a lot of great nightlife. Boston is 30 minutes away, but the school provides enough on-campus activities to ensure that students don’t have to make the trip to the big city every weekend to have fun. Every fall there’s a huge school-sponsored dance party called Remix, which attracts college students from around the Boston area. And in the spring, the Boston Marathon cuts through Wellesley, with students coming out in droves to support the runners. In between Remix and the Marathon, the school has artists, singers, and speakers visit the campus, and there are always a lot of Greek life events too.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Wellesley is one of the most prominent all-girls colleges in the country. It’s highly selective, as you can tell by looking at its enrollment (just under 2,500.) It’s also a well-known liberal college, and most of the students here follow that ideology. The college is located in the town of Wellesley, which is relatively small (under 30,000), but is part of the Greater Boston region and is a half hour outside of the city. Another small school, Babson College, is also located in Wellesley.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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De Anza sits in the wedge formed by the intersection of Interstate 280 and Route 85, the two major roads that commuters take to get to school. And you’re probably wondering, where do these commuters live? Well, Sunnyvale is three miles north, Santa Clara is six miles northeast, and San Jose is ten miles east. These three cities are great places for students to live in terms of accessibility, but I would recommend finding an apartment in Cupertino if you value convenience.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Cupertino, where De Anza is located, is known as home to the headquarters of one of the most powerful companies in the world: Apple. It’s also part of a larger region called the Silicon Valley, which hosts the most important tech companies in the country. This is a huge benefit to De Anza students, and not just for students majoring in something software-related. There are plenty of local opportunities for students studying marketing, writing, PR, engineering, and other fields, both in the form of internships and post-grad jobs.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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About a half hour from Detroit depending on traffic, many commute to the city for work. Detroit traffic, when compared to areas like Chicago, has light traffic. A high number of men living in Livonia are in the Transportation of equipment industry, at about 20%, while 8% or so work as engineers. About 30% of women work in either education or healthcare, though there are many who work in offices as well. The majority of Livonia residents don’t carpool, and the majority take between 20-40 minutes to commute to work. However, as previously stated, the traffic in this region is not particularly bad, though those commuting to downtown Ann Arbor might feel differently.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Madonna University doesn’t provide any transportation, therefore taxis and carpooling are your best bets for getting around. The campus is fairly isolated, so cars are necessary. Unless you’re over 60 years old, the city of Livonia doesn’t provide any transportation either. For this reason, just about all students drive their own cars.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Nearby San Marcos is Escondido, CA, where the Stone Brew Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival is held every August. With tons of beer to taste, live music, gourmet food, and a relaxed atmosphere, there’s a reason this celebration has been going on annually for nearly twenty years. The San Marcos Festival occurs each April and October, celebrating spring, and then Oktoberfest. San Marcos is about a 40-minute drive from San Diego, where there are many, many more annual celebrations.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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San Marcos is home to hotels, golf courses, high-rated restaurants, and walking and biking trails. Double Peak Park is one of the most famous parks, because at the top, you can see for miles and miles, an incredible view, all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Everyone is astonished by the 360 view. Other fun things to do in San Marcos are go bowling, laser tagging, go to the movies, visit wineries, go shopping at the Antique Village or the Grand Plaza, and other local retailers.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The unemployment rates in the Coolidge/Florence areas are especially high, and as of December 2012, were still up around 14.7% and 16.3%. While the cost of living is lower is most parts of Arizona, this is still not good. Many residents in these areas commute to Phoenix for work, or Tucson. Some of the biggest state prisons are located in this area. In the state of Texas, the biggest employer is Walmart with over 30,000 employees, followed by Banner Health, with around 28,000. The service industries are experiencing the most growth here.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The minority of students at CAC live in the dorms. In Coolidge, there are several apartment complexes, though it appears there is little availability. There are several townhouses for rent. It seems that most of the students who commute to CAC live locally with their families, or in the neighboring towns, like Florence and Casa Grande, both of which are more inexpensive places to live. There are many one-bedrooms in Casa Grande for less than $610/month, and two-bedrooms under $650/month. Florence has several three- and four-bedroom options for less than $800/month.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Each year at VSCC, there is maybe one assault, one arrest, and a few dozen larcenies or thefts. For having around 7,000 students, these are good numbers. Gallatin is also very safe, especially Cottontown and Peytona. The central area has the highest crime rate, and around Water Ave, but the crime rate is still not high.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Many good restaurants call Gallatin home. The Chocolate Covered Strawberry is a local favorite, with wonderfully unique entrees in a cute setting. The Grecians Restaurant is a locally-owned Greek and Italian restaurant with authentic cuisine and great service. Campione’s Taste of Chicago is a fabulous Italian joint with the best hot dogs, sandwiches, cannoli, and cheesecake around. The usual chains call Gallatin home too: Chick-Fil-A, Subway, Longhorn Steakhouse, Buffalo West Wings, Chili’s, Little Caesar’s, CiCi’s, Arby’s, and more. At VSCC, there is a cafeteria that students utilize, though many prefer to eat off-campus at one of the many close-by restaurants to save money.

 
Weather

Weather

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Fitchburg has an average four-season New England climate. July is the hottest month, peaking around an average 80 degrees during the day, and January is the coldest, peaking at around 30 degrees during the day. In the winter, overnight temperatures drop into the teens, and in the summer, temperatures stay up around 50 in the night. On average, August and October are the rainiest months, while February is the driest. Fitchburg is the most humid in August and September, and windiest in the winter. The least amount of sunshine occurs in November, where about 50% of days are cloudy, and 25% partly cloudy. Every few decades, a tornado strikes here and kills several people. The carbon monoxide levels in Fitchburg are terrible, and in 2008, a boy died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Around 5% of the student body is involved in Greek Life. Most parties occur on Thursday and Friday nights, since many students go elsewhere on the weekends. Parties are always off-campus. There are a few local bars that undergrads visit off-campus: Whiskey Alley on Lunenburg St, Slattery’s Back Room, JR’s Pub, Legend’s, and Destare, which has live DJs, open mics, and movie screenings. With Boston just a 90-minute train ride away, many students head there for big events, but otherwise, off-campus house parties are what students do for nightlife, since besides drinking, and campus events, all there is to do in Fitchburg is go bowling, eat, or hit up Cinema World.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Montgomery has a huge plethora of festivals each year. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Bridge Crossing Jubilee are held each February. The Bridge Crossing, held in Selma, about an hour away from Montgomery, celebrates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with a street festival, live music, mock trial, vendors, awards ceremony, and more. The SLE Rodeo happens every March in Montgomery, with horse shows, pageants, contests, vendors, and games. The Montgomery Zoo’s Zoo Weekend happens in March, too, where the zoo turns into a festival with games, rides, special animal showings and exhibits, and entertainment. The Alabama National Fair, each October, is famous for its wide-range of live music artists, various competitions like rodeo, photography, art, and livestock, as well as a frontier show, magic show, circus, pig races, demonstrations, and more. Other festivals and events include the Alabama Book Festival, Flimp Art Festival at the MFA, the Alabama All-Star Food Festival, Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts, Annual Christmas Light Festival, ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival, and visits from the Professional Bull Riders.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Montgomery’s economy is doing well. Nearly 12,500 people are employed by the Air Force Base, 9,500 by the State of Alabama, 4,500 by the public schools, 4,300 by Baptist Health, 2,700 by Hyundai, 2,500 by Alfa Insurance 2,500 by the City of Montgomery, and the list goes on. Many people commute to Montgomery to work, and during the day, the population rises nearly 20%. In December 2012, the unemployment rate in Montgomery was 7.1%. Both the cost of living and salaries are low here. Nearly 60% of households make less than 50k a year, and 87% make less than 100k a year.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 6,600 students attend GCC, and about 60% of them attend full-time. The student body is 57% women and 43% men. Of the 6,600 students, there are about 730 Black students, 300 Hispanic students, 130 Asian students, 60 Two or More Races students, 20 American Indian students, and 10 Pacific Islander students. The rest of the student body is White. About 55% of the student body is under the age of 20, and 13% are over 35. The most popular field of study is Pre-Nursing, followed by Business Administration, Education, and Criminal Justice. In Washington Township, there are nearly 50,000 residents, of which 88% are White, 6% are Black, 4% are Asian, and 4% are Hispanic.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Since GCC does not offer housing, all students either already live locally, or rent an apartment nearby. About 83% of students live in Gloucester county, with the main towns of residence being Sewell/Washington, Monroe/Williamstown, Deptford/Woodbury, and Blackwood/Turnersville. About 11% of students are from Camden County. There are several apartment complexes within 5 miles of GCC. Washington Way, Fairways, and Lakeview in Blackwood, Woodbury Arms in Woodbury, Heather Ridge in Mantua, and Kingswick in West Deptford. The Lakeview Apartments are the most inexpensive, beginning at $721/month for a studio. The Heather Ridge Apartments are the most expensive, at $1070/month for a one-bedroom.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The SPU campus is pretty safe. In the past few years, there have been no homicides, hate crimes, illegal weapons, arrests on campus, or other crimes besides burglaries, really. In Seattle, the crime rate is higher than both the national and Washington state averages. There are at least 20-25 murders a year. Seattle’s rate of burglaries, larcenies, stolen cars, and robberies is much higher than the US average. Some of the safest areas are Lake City, Magnolia Boulevard, Westlake, Meridian, Laurelhurst, Interbay, Loyal Heights, and View Ridge. The more dangerous areas are Delridge, Georgetown, Briercrest, Little Beirut, Hillman City, Foy, as well as Burien, Tukwila, Tacoma, are places that people moving to Seattle would hope not to live.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Most people in Seattle drive cars, though King County Metro and Sound Metro have many bus routes, commuter rail, and light rail stops. The Monorail between the center of Seattle and Downtown is about 1 mile long. There are also ferries around Washington State, Zipcars for rent, and safe cyclist routes. At SPU, students are offered monthly bus passes, RideShare options, and Motor Pool cars.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Sugar Grove Family Fun Center is the place where families take their kids on a nice day, but for the rest of the population, Sugar Grove doesn’t have much to offer. The Air Classic’s Aviation Museum is pretty boring. Chicago is about an hour away, but if you want to stay local, Waubonsee Community College has events from time to time, and getting involved in organizations and clubs is the best way to stay busy. Music and comedy shows take place in Aurora at the Paramount Arts Centre, which is about a 15-minute car ride from Sugar Grove. The Premium Outlets in Aurora have some really high-end stores but parking there can be a disaster. Aurora has a zoo and skating rink, too.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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WCC has one cafeteria, with the usual college-kid cafeteria options. Students are somewhat satisfied with the food here. The nearest fast food places are about 10 minutes away by car, along with King Wok, Rosati’s Pizza, and further down, Fireside Grille, and Genoa Pizza. The Open Range Southwest Grill is another option, but for more variety many drive to Aurora.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The University of Iowa is a big party school, and in 2012, it was ranked the #2 best Party School in the nation by the Princeton Review, which UI officials obviously aren’t too happy about. Students, however, love the number of house parties and local bars, though some admit there is a bit of a binge-drinking problem. About 10% of men at UI are in a frat, and 15% of women are in a sorority. Some of the most popular local bars include Sports Column, Brother’s, Airliner, 808, Fieldhouse, Micky’s, etc. Everyone loves the hookah bar called Red Poppy, and even bigger is Hala Hala Hookah on Gilbert Street. Studio 13 is the local gay bar, complete with male dancers, gogo dancers, drag nights, and contests. The Deadwood Tavern is the biggest townie bar with a wide mix of middle-aged men and women, drop-out types, and sloppy undergrads. A night there can quickly turn bizarre.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Traffic on 380, even during rush hour, is usually not bad at all. Highway 6 can get slightly slowed at times. Traffic congestion is fairly rare in Iowa City, unless winter weather conditions make the roads dangerous. It is not like other big cities where everyone is stuck red light by red light, and trips in and out of Iowa City are easygoing. About 6% of the population of Iowa City utilizes public transportation, and a good amount choose to bike and walk, which have increased by 4% and 6% in the past decade. Iowa City is cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly.

 
Weather

Weather

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This area of Texas is very hot. Summers are very humid, with temperatures in the 80s, 90s, and sometimes into the 100s from May through October. Winter days are usually in the 40s and 50s, though overnight can dip below freezing. May and June are the two rainiest months, while August sees the least precipitation. The air quality in Arlington is not-so-good; the Nitrogen Dioxide level is worse than average, and in 2005, was in the Top 101 Counties with the Highest Ozone Pollution, as well as Highest Carbon Monoxide Air Pollution.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In December 2012, the unemployment rate for the Fort Worth-Arlington area was 6%. 50% of households in Arlington bring in between 25k and 75k a year. About 35% of households bring in more than 75k a year. The sales tax in Arlington is 8%. Arlington is home to a General Motors facility which employs over 3,000 individuals. Six Flags, many museums, many schools, the Parks at Arlington Mall, Rangers Ballpark, and Cowboys Stadium are also located in Arlington, which offer many job opportunities. The cost of living here is pretty low. UTA’s Career Center offers support to students seeking employment, hosts Job Fairs, holds workshops, and will meet one-on-one with students to talk about employment options

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Santa Rosa is home to many fun events year-round. A Mardi Gras Ball, Annual Crab Feed, the annual Tattoos & Blues event held at the Flaming Resort Hotel, the annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival, are just some of the Santa Rosa events. The First Annual Latin Jazz Music & Dance Festival is coming up in February 2013, with Hobby Expo 2013 the weekend preceding it. The Sonoma County Book Festival happens in September, as does the Santa Rosa International Film Festival, and the National Heirloom Expo--The World’s Pure Food Fair.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 168,000 people live in Santa Rosa, California. About 60% of the population is White, 29% is Hispanic/Latino, 5% Asian, 2.5% Black, 2% Native American. Over 30% of households in Santa Rosa have children under 18 living there, and 44% of households are married straight couples. In the Apple Valley and Papago Court area, the population is 87% Hispanic. About 4,200 people work for the county of Sonoma, 2,400 work at Kaiser Permanente, 2,200 at St. Joseph Health, and 1,300 at Agilent Technologies. At SRJC, around 60% of students are female and 40% are male. About 63% of students are White, 16% are Hispanic, 4% are Asian, 2% are Black, 1% are Filipino, 1% are Native American, and 14% did not report.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Superior has a fairly low cost of living compared to other local towns, and on average, has more inexpensive apartments and homes. One-bedrooms average around $600/month, two-bedrooms at $800/month, and three-bedrooms at $875. There are many townhouses available for rent, though Duluth has more rental options. At UW Superior, just about all freshman are required to live on campus. About 70% of students live off-campus.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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At the University of Wisconsin Superior, crime is not noticeably present. There are on average 2 forcible sex offenses every year, a handful of burglaries, and around 65 drug- and alcohol-related arrests. For a university of about 2800 students, this isn’t terribly bad, and students in general feel safe and secure on campus and in the residence halls. In Superior as a whole, the crime rate is very high considering the small population, though it is really just the City Center and South Superior that experience crime. Oliver, Itasca, and Superior Village are all safe, though Duluth would be a better place to live. Superior is becoming more and more run-down. Superior has one of the lowest rates of sex offenders, with only 3 in the entire city, but the rates of theft and burglary are very high.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Every August, Palatine holds “StreetFest,” a festival with live music, games, food vendors, and activities in the streets. The Fourth of July celebration in Palatine is similar, except with a parade, fireworks, and carnival. Once a month over the winter, there is a Winter Market, similar to the summers’ Farmer’s Markets. A St. Patrick’s Day Festival has a marching band in the parade, an Irish market, and serves as a fundraiser for the homeless.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Harper College has a pretty lame Dining Hall, and a couple small cafes. The good news is Palatine has some great places to eat right in town. Mexico UNO is a cozy little restaurant with the best Mexican cuisine in town. For the best subs and sandwiches, you’ve got to try Capri. Artistic Cuisine, an Argentinian fine dining restaurant, is full of tasty creative dishes, gourmet pizza, and incredible soup. It can get pretty crowded since the restaurant itself is small, so it is best to make reservations. Gator’s is a great place to get some chicken wings, especially if you like them spicy and tangy. Big meaty portions makes Gator’s fulfilling as well as tasty! For sushi, you can either head to Sushi-Ai or Susha Para--I’d say they are both pretty good but if you have to pick one, go to Sushi-Ai. The service there is better and it has a contemporary feel inside.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The unemployment rate in Birmingham as of November 2012 was about 7%. Many national companies have their headquarters in Birmingham, such as AT&T, numerous banks, steelmakers, insurance companies, and Coca Cola. Birmingham’s sales tax rate of 10% is the highest of any of the 100 biggest cities in the United States. The biggest employers in Birmingham are BellSouth, the US Government, the University of Alabama, Baptist Health, and Bruno’s Incorporated, along with the public school systems and Walmart. Birmingham was hit hard by the recession but has been steadily growing, and is expected to fully recover.

 
Weather

Weather

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Birmingham has hot humid summers and mild winters, though winter nights can occasionally dip below freezing. It rarely, rarely snows here. It rains all the time, though, especially in March. Even if it seems beautifully sunny and clear, it’s not a bad idea to have an umbrella handy, since thunderstorms can pop up out of nowhere. From early spring through late fall, daily temperatures usually reach at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The air quality is pretty bad due to pollution. Sometimes there are “ozone alert days” to tell the public to stay indoors since the air quality is so bad. The Carbon Monoxide levels are not good. Birmingham is in a high-risk area for tornadoes, and in 1998, a tornado killed 32 people. Storms causing bad flooding are a lot more common, though.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Ann Arbor is the location of many interesting events throughout the year. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs happen every July, and attract nearly 500,000 people. Each March, the Ann Arbor Film Festival selects some of its over 2,500 international submissions to highlight. In April, the Hash Bash, a festival celebrating marijuana and a call to reform marijuana law, takes place at the University of Michigan. The HomeGrown Festival occurs in September with lots of live music, brewing competitions, and food vendors. OutFest is a celebration of gender identity and sexual orientation, with music, dancing, and public speakers, which happens in September as well. There are numerous other festivals throughout the year, such as the Antiquarian Book Fair, African American Downtown Festival, the Folk Festival, Earth Day, Huron River Day, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show, Townie Street Party, and so much more!

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 115,000 people live in Ann Arbor. The city is 70% White, 14% Asian, 8% Black, and 4% Hispanic. Nearly 15% of the population is of German descent, 8.5% is of English descent, and 8%, Irish descent. About 80% of the population speaks English at home. Around 5% of families live below the poverty line. At Cooley Law School, the majority, about 80%, of students attend part-time. The vast majority of students are White, about 63%, followed by 14% Black, 5% Hispanic, 4% Asian, and about 6% Nonresident Alien.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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In Spartanburg, South Carolina, the cost of living is pretty inexpensive. One-bedrooms average around $570/month, two-bedrooms $620, and three-bedrooms about $700. Many apartment complexes are very close to SCC, like the Riverwind Apartments, Schuyler Apartments, Heritage Court Apartments, Oakview Apartments, Prince Hall Apartments, and more.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The city of Spartanburg has a public transit system called SPARTA. SPARTA has routes for Hillcrest, Westgate, North & South Church Streets, Spartanburg Community College, South Liberty, Crestview, and Dorman Centre. There is also a PARATRANSIT service for those who are mobility-impaired. Since SCC does not have dorms, students really like the bus system as a means to get around.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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UNO has a very safe campus, located in one of the safest neighborhoods of New Orleans. The crime rate is very low, and in recent years, the only crimes to occur are thefts and burglaries, with the occasional drug- or alcohol-related arrest. All students feel safe at UNO, comforted by the active presence of patrolling police officers. However, New Orleans is a different story. As recently as January 2013, the mayor has been calling for funds to increase the police force. New Orleans is considered by many to be the murder capital of the US, with 199 investigated murders in 2011 alone, and an estimated 40 gangs in town with over 600 members. The Lakefront, Uptown, Carrollton, the Warehouse District, and Lakeview areas of New Orleans are considered pretty safe, but it’s important to consider the susceptibility of a location to flooding should another hurricane strike. Also, New Orleans is not like most cities where there are good and bad neighborhoods; everything is all mixed in, and areas differ block by block, house by house.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Commuting into the Central Business District in New Orleans can be hell, as is crossing the Huey Long Bridge which is somehow always under construction. New Orleans is considered more of a “car city” in that most people choose to drive rather than use public transportation. The bridge from Mandeville into Metairie takes a solid 25-minutes even without any accidents. In one report, New Orleans ranked 27th on a list of America’s 75 Worst Commutes, due to the daily congestion on I-10, as well as I-12.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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As wonderfully social and tight-knit as the UNE community is, the nightlife scene is a bit lacking. There is no Greek life at UNE, but there is certainly a lot of drinking and smoking on the beach and around the dorms. The parties that take place here are somewhat small, and with close friends. The closest bars are nothing special, so some make the trip to Portland for drinking and music.Overall, Biddeford isn’t the right place for you if you want dancing, drinking, and ragers, but if you like to get wild with your closest buds out in nature, you’d probably like UNE.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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UNE is right on the ocean. For this reason, many students hang out on the beach, whether for drinking and smoking, bonfires, photography, or just to get away for a nice walk, the coastline is the highlight of the UNE campus. There are many activities, clubs, and sports at UNE, and the campus center often has free classes like kick-boxing and zumba. There is always something going on at UNE, and it’s always free! The students who go here are friendly, and social, and spend most of their time socializing on the beach at bonfires. Shopping centers are only ten minutes or so away, as are movie theaters, salons, and art galleries, and thirty minutes away is Portland, where many fantastic musicians and bands perform.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Many companies have their headquarters in Evansville, like Accuride, Berry Plastics, Mead Johnson & Company, Old National Bank, Shoe Carnival. Evansville is home to so many manufacturing companies and factories, it’s often called The Plastics Capital of the Country, but is also home to many energy facilities, like coal mines, pipelines, ands biofuel-facilities. Despite the wide range of places for people to find jobs, over 86% of households in Evansville bring in less than 75K a year. The good news is, the cost of living is pretty cheap here. As of November 2012, the unemployment rate in Evansville was 7.2%. At USI, the Office of Career Services & Placement is a great resource with numerous listings and websites for job opportunities, jobs on campus, and students who are graduating soon can even fill out an application, and go to career fairs to meet with potential employers.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Evansville has its share of wonderful restaurants, like Jimmy Jeng’s, which has authentic Chinese cuisine, and top-notch service which usually includes a personal encounter with Jimmy himself. Turoni’s has the most delicious specialty pizzas, and their own brewed beers, and every resident of Evansville has tried and loved Turoni’s. Los Bravos is the most popular place for Mexican food. For USI students, just a quick drive down 62 brings you to an ungodly amount of fast food joints and restaurants, but for those who want to stay on campus, there are many options here, too. On campus, there are C-Stores, a Burger King, SubConnection, Cyclone Salads, Starbucks, a fro-yo store, a bakery, pizzeria, and the Loft dining hall. The variety of foods offered to students has gotten better in recent years, and these days, most students are satisfied with the quality of their food, and the options available.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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At Mt. SAC, students feel very safe, and feel that there are always security officers patrolling, escorts available, and the strategically placed emergency phones lend to the secure atmosphere. There are occasional reports of cars being broken into, but in general, students are not worried about criminal activity on campus. In the town of Walnut, crime is low, too. A murder occurs only once every few years, and nearly as rare, cases of arson or forcible sex offenses. All types of crime in Walnut occur at a lower rate than both the national and California average. Walnut is a very safe place to live and crime is not something on the minds of its residents.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Of the 30,000 residents of Walnut, 63% are Asian, 20% are Hispanic, 12% are White, and 3% are Black. Family households make up 90% of the population of Walnut. There are 3.4 people per household on average in Walnut. Only 11% of residents do not have a high school diploma, compared to the Californian average of 23.2%. There are only 14 sex offenders in Walnut, which is 1 in 2,186; markedly lower than average. At Mt. SAC, 46% of students are Hispanic, 23% are Asian, 16% are White, and 5% are Black. In every 100 students, 54 are female, and 46 are male. The average age of students is 34, and 65% of all students are from the local area of California. Of the 35% not from closeby, there is a growing population of international students from Taiwan, South Korea, China, and other Asian countries.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are no dorms at NWTC, though the Student Life Center will offer aid to those who request it in their search for housing. Luckily, Green Bay is not a terribly expensive place to live, and one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms go for as little as $485-630/month. Three-bedrooms are anywhere from $690-1400/month. Green Bay has the least expensive average rental prices in the area, though if you are willing to travel, Seymour, Denmark and Wrightstown, Wisconsin, all have lower average rental prices than Green Bay.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 60% of NWTC’s 9,700 students are female, and 40% are male. Slightly more are part-time than full-time, 58% to 42%. About 90% of the students who attend NWTC are White. In Green Bay, there are 104,000 people, of which 78% are White, 4% are Asian, 4% are Native American, 3.5% are Black, and Hispanic/Latinos of any race make up 13.4% of the population. The biggest employers in Green Bay are Humana, Schneider National, the Oneida Nation tribe, the Green Bay Area Public School District, and Georgia-Pacific, LLC.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kiona Gould - Real Estate Agent

The only crimes that really occur on campus in Anchorage are larceny thefts, though there are a couple of cases each year of aggravated assaults or forcible sex offenses. Students of UAA feel unsafe for other reasons though, like the poor responses to weather conditions and wild animals, and the proximity of gang violence to campus. Students don’t feel that security and police officers are as present as they could be. Anchorage is not an especially place, which may contribute to students’ apprehension. Anchorage is known for having a high rate of both meth users, and a very high rate of forcible sex offenses. Forbes rated Anchorage the 5th most dangerous city in America. Mountain View, Spenard, and Muldoon are three of the most dangerous areas of Anchorage. Eagle River is a safe place to live, just 20-minutes outside of Anchorage.

 
Weather

Weather

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Though Anchorage has a subarctic climate, summers in Alaska peak at temperatures around 65 or 70 degrees and winter days top out around 25 degrees. Overnight in the winter, temperatures are usually in the teens, and frequently drop below zero. Overnight in the summer, temperatures are usually in the 30s, and days can get rainy. There are active volcanoes around Anchorage, and one erupted in 2009 which resulted in a gigantic cloud of ash. The winters here are up to 8 months long, which many people can’t endure. People don’t choose to live in Anchorage because they love the weather, but there are certainly people who live here because of the beauty of the natural landscape around them.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The closest bar I know of to NYIT Old Westbury, is The Barefoot Peddler, in Greenvale. Hendrick’s Tavern and the Chalet Restaurant are both nearby, too, in Roslyn. South, in Westbury, Houlihan’s, Chi Dining, and the City Cellar are popular locales. These bars in the area are generally crowded, since LIU, SUC, Queensboro Community College, and Netherlands North Hofstra are all within a 20-minute radius with students seeking nightlife fun as well. For more entertainment options, NYC is a 40-min car ride (around 1 hour 45 minutes using public transportation).

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Old Westbury is famous for being one of the richest small towns in the US, in fact, the second richest, losing only to Palm Beach in Florida. Of all the households in Old Westbury that make at least 200k/year, the average net worth is $19.6 million. The median income for a family in Old Westbury is $185k/year. All sorts of famous socialites and heirs, founders and owners, inventors and champions live in Westbury. The cost of living here is over 320% higher than the US average. Considering that 77% of students who attend NYIT Old Westbury live off-campus, it’s pretty safe to assume that they come from money, since this is not an inexpensive area to live. Even in a ten-mile radius, there are no one-bedrooms that are less than $1100/month. Do not move here unless you have a high-paying, stable job.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Dozens of interesting events take place in Knoxville each year. Among the various festivals is the Big Ears Festival for live music, the Dogwoods Arts Festival, “Boomsday” Labor Day fireworks, “Ska Weekend,” the Corvette Expo, the Knoxville Marathon, GreekFest, the International Biscuit Festival, The Destination ImagiNation Global Finals, and so much more. The Knoxville Zoo and Knoxville Convention Center both host various events throughout the year, as do the various theaters. College, semi-pro, and pro sports are extremely popular in Knoxville, whether be it a “Vols” football game, one of The Force’s soccer games, or an Ice Bears hockey game.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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KAT, Knoxville Area Transit, operates many mass transportation systems in Knoxville, including “The T,” which is a transportation system specifically for UT. It has four T routes, numerous bus routes, and trolley routes. Semester passes are available. Across Knoxville, KAT also runs three trolley routes, the LIFT for disabled and/or special needs passengers, sports shuttles to manage crowds for various football or basketball games around town, and on/off express routes. Just about everyone at UT utilizes The T, it is easy to understand, and buses stick to the schedule pretty well.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kiona Gould - Real Estate Agent

Since RVC does not offer student housing, students must either be locals, commuters, and/or find their own housing nearby. In terms of one-bedrooms in Rockford, it seems as though half are about $420/month, and the other half are around $900/month. Two-bedrooms average around $500-850/month. In Rockford, you could find a three-bedroom for $1200/month, and a four-bedroom for $700/month. The prices here are all over. For those wanting college roommates, you could certainly save a lot of money renting a townhouse and splitting the bills three or four ways.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kiona Gould - Real Estate Agent

Rockford, Illinois has a wide variety of great little restaurants. Beefaroo has the best cheeseburgers in town, no doubt about that. The Social Urban Bar & Restaurant is a stylish little restaurant with an extensive drinks menu and all the fresh and local flavor you want. The Octane InterLounge is another chic little dining destination. For Japanese food, try the JMK Nippon Restaurant, Marc’s Fusion Cafe, or Kuma’s Asian Bistro; all are well-liked. A restaurant called “Der Rathskeller” is actually an authentic German restaurant, especially popular due to the high population of Germans in the region. For pizza, go to Capri, or Lino’s. On-campus at RVC, there is a Subway, Papa John’s, some vending machines, and a small coffee shop. There are no dorms at RVC, so no dining halls, either, but with the extensive local cuisine options, I don’t think too many students are upset about this.

 

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