Ricky Salinas

A Property Manager at R & J Associates

Ricky Salinas

R & J Associates

A Property Manager based in Nash Community College

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Restaurants

Restaurants

Ricky Salinas - Property Manager

A common complaint I hear from the SCCA crowd is that they wish there were more dining options on campus. This is understandable, because after all it’s a community college where dining, housing, and other student accommodations aren’t really provided. There are some restaurants or cafes you can walk to or drive to nearby, but many students just cruise right into Lincoln’s downtown area and choose from one of the many establishments there. The food’s usually better, it’s a good place to meet other college students, and there’s more selection than if they stay close to campus. It would be great if students could pack lunches every day and avoid spending money on restaurant meals, but with most students this isn’t a realistic option.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but if I remember correctly there are five colleges and universities in Lincoln. A couple belong to the UN state school system, and the remaining three (Union College, Wesleyan, and SCCA) are all very different institutions. Regardless, they all attract thousands of students to Lincoln, which has been dubbed the definitive college city in Nebraska. It’s not on the same level as other famous collegiate areas in the U.S., but there are definitely more young folks in this city than you’ll find in any other part of Nebraska. I don’t necessarily have the stats to back this up, but you can see what I mean by just simply walking around and observing the people you see. If you’re a student, you’ll feel very at ease and welcome in the city.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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An important thing to know about the area around Yuba is that there aren’t a lot of apartments available. It’s a very rural area, and there aren’t really enough schools or large cities around to justify having a lot of rentals. Because of this, your apartment search could take you to any town or city in the area, whether it be Marysville, Yuba City, Penn Valley, Lincoln, Oroville, or another place. Students aren’t afforded the luxury of being selective. Basically, if they see an apartment they could live in that’s within ten or fifteen miles of the school, they should jump on it. If there’s only a month before classes start and they still don’t have a place to live, they’ll be forced to choose a terrible apartment or one that’s further away. So just remember that you can’t be too picky, and you should get a lease squared away as soon as you can.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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It’s easy to take digs at Yuba for having a poor location that lacks a lot of activities for students. Many of these complaints would be valid if they just considered the immediate area surrounding the school. But if you’re willing to drive a bit--and most students are able to do this because Yuba is largely a commuter school--then you will find plenty to do. For starters, Sacramento is only a 45 min drive, and the city offers every activity students would want to do. Drive an hour to the east and you’ll enter the stretch of state forests and national parks that makes this part of eastern California one of the most beautiful in the state. To just name one place, Lake Tahoe is only 90 minutes away.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Most of Austin’s best nightlife spots are a half hour drive away from ACC, sometimes even longer when factoring in weekend or rush hour traffic. But more often that not they’re worth the long drive. Austin is unlike many of Texas’s larger cities in many ways, and is known for its unique cultural scenes that can’t be found in any other part of the state. There’s a reason why the famous SXSW music and technology festival is held here--it’s a city that’s fertile ground for new indie bands and new start up tech companies alike. And their nightlife reflects this variety; you’ll probably spend most nights doing completely new and unexpected things, or enjoying a musician or artist you’ve never heard of before.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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ACC isn’t as close to the city as one would expect, but rather it’s 20 miles outside of downtown. You can use Capital Metro buses to get there by public transportation, but in reality the majority of students drive. This is true for getting around the area in general. If you ask a student directions for getting on and off 183A or the MoPac Expressway they’d probably be able to help you out, but if you asked them where to catch a bus, many of them would be just as lost as you. Simply put, driving is vastly more popular here. If you’re ever closer to the city and want to get around, however, whether for a weekend or in an apartment for the semester, I would recommend checking out public transit.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Dobbs Ferry is the opposite of the noisy, overwhelming urban setting of New York City. Instead, it’s a small village in the woods that sits on the edge of the Hudson River. As you would guess, the crime rates of the two areas are quite antithetical as well. Some parts of NYC are the most dangerous in the country, and on the contrary, Dobbs Ferry is one of the safest. I’d recommend living in any of the neighborhoods here. Students will feel comfortable walking home after a late night out with friends, and they won’t have to triple check their locks in fear that someone will break in. All in all, Dobbs Ferry is a great place to live.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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It’s not even worth debating which city has the best public transportation system throughout its metropolitan area--the answer is clearly New York City. Dobbs Ferry is 25 miles out of downtown Manhattan, but even so it still has excellent connections to the city’s public transit. The Hudson train is a short walk from Mercy on the banks of the Hudson River, and can take you to Grand Central Station in just over an hour. But most students don’t live in Manhattan, so the train can take you to places outside of the city as well.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Frankfort is located in an interested part of the state, climate-wise. It mostly has a typical southern climate, with mild winters and sultry summers, but it’s in the northern part of Kentucky and on the border, so occasionally it can have weather patterns that are out of character for the south. For example, there’s never a lot of snow here, but it’s not surprising if there’s an inch or two falls overnight, either. And there can be cold spells where it feels like you’re not in the South at all. Usually, though, the winters are cool and brisk and the summers are hot and steamy.

 
Weather

Weather

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Frankfort is located in an interested part of the state, climate-wise. It mostly has a typical southern climate, with mild winters and sultry summers, but it’s in the northern part of Kentucky and on the border, so occasionally it can have weather patterns that are out of character for the south. For example, there’s never a lot of snow here, but it’s not surprising if there’s an inch or two falls overnight, either. And there can be cold spells where it feels like you’re not in the South at all. Usually, though, the winters are cool and brisk and the summers are hot and steamy.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Bethlehem’s crime is noticeably lower than other cities in the area. For example, Allentown’s crime rate is almost twice as high, and Easton and Phillipsburg both have higher rates as well. There are usually only one or two murders a year in the city--a low number for a place with over 75,000 residents. I think it helps that the city is in an academic setting with Lehigh, Moravian, and NCACC in town, and also that it has an educated populace. If you’re looking for the safest place to live in the Lehigh Valley, I’m confident you’ll end up at the city of Bethlehem.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Going to a commuter campus can cause some difficulties, and oftentimes they’re problems you wouldn’t think of. For example, parking can be difficult sometimes because everyone drives to class. There can also be traffic on or near the campus during parts of the day, and on the adjacent thruway, too. Then there’s driving in the snowy winter, or during heavy rain in the spring. But these are things you figure out on the fly, or make the necessary adjustments to as the semester goes on. The most important thing to figure out first is the quickest route and a backup route just in case the first one is blocked off or clogged with traffic; the rest will fall in place.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are a handful of apartment buildings in Elmhurst that are well-known amongst students, but compared to other towns and cities in the area, Elmhurst doesn’t have a very large rental market. It’s not uncommon for students to look around the larger region at apartments elsewhere. They quickly find out, however, that the closer they are to Chicago the more valuable the real estate gets. You’re almost always going to be paying a little bit more if you live near the city compared to living further out past Elmhurst. That shouldn’t be too much of a concern, though, because most students try to stay as close to school as they can.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Up-W train that’s part of the MetraRail system has a stop in Elmhurst right down the street from the college. The route begins in Chicago and ends in Elburn, so Elmhurst is somewhat near the middle. The train is one of the best public transportation options for students, but PACE has buses running in and out of the city, too. The campus is small enough that you can walk it easily without a shuttle or car, so if you live within walking distance your feet will be the only transportation you’ll need to commute. But the Up-W and PACE 313 are great options if you rely on public transit.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Brookdale isn’t a school where parties overflow onto campus, or where sports matches spur crowds of impassioned students. It’s usually pretty calm on the weekends, so you’ll have to travel elsewhere to get your kicks on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Lincroft is a 15 minute drive from the shore, and on spring and summer nights the oceanside shops, bars, clubs, and music venues are the places to be. If you’re looking for big city nightlife, NYC is about a 45 minute drive away, and Philadelphia is 90 minutes away. There are also buses that can take you to both cities if you’re willing to make connections.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There aren’t many apartments in Lincroft--right now there’s only one on this site, and it’s a luxury rental that students wouldn’t be able to afford. There are more listings in nearby areas like Red Bank and Long Branch, and though the average costs can be heftier there, you can always find a reasonably priced pad if you search hard enough. If you want to, you can expand your search beyond these areas to the greater region. For example, Middletown’s apartments are, according to rental data, the most affordable in the area, and it’s still pretty close to Lincroft.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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When students enroll at Kirkwood they get an Eagle Card, and with this ID they can ride Cedar Rapids’ buses for free. All they have to do is present the card when they board, and no far is necessary. This makes taking the bus every day an enticing option, but in order to do so you have to live within walking distance of a stop. Whether you want to plan your housing search around the city bus stops is a big decision you have to make, and it all depends on what your daily transportation plan is. But if you could ride the bus every day for free, why not?

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The northwestern corner of Cedar Rapids is the safest in the city, in areas like Linn Junction, New Buffalo, and Covington. Kirkwood is closer to central Cedar Rapids, where crime can be spotty sometimes. Staying close to campus might land you in a neighborhood that’s affordable but compromises on safety. The nice areas in north and southwestern Cedar Rapids are further, but the commute isn’t ludicrous. I-380 can easily connect you to some of those areas, and the drive might even just be a few minutes longer. I think it’s worth it for increased safety.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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North Carolina garners a lot of attention for its colleges and universities, but most of it is directed towards the schools in Durham, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, and so on. Boone is a true college town, but doesn’t earn as much praise as it should. It’s been named a top college in places like TIME Magazine, US News and World, Princeton Review... you may have heard of them. It’s certainly earned respect among employers in certain professions and industries, and graduates here are faring well, despite the weak job market. With 20,000 students, ASU is a large school that’s becoming hard to ignore, even in a state with so many great universities.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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It would be irresponsible of me if I didn’t mention all the parks, forests, and other natural areas near ASU. Going to school near the greatest stretch of wilderness in the country allows students to partake in any outdoor activity there is. And they don’t even have to be active to enjoy a slow hike on one of the numerous trails or go fishing with friends, for example. If you don’t go out and enjoy the outdoors while you’re here, you’re missing out. As for other things to do, you’ll spend most of your time in Boone because nothing else is close. It has a mall and shopping center, bars, and restaurants students can go to during their free time.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The diversity you’ll find in the Chicago metropolitan area is sorely missed in Grayslake, which has a population that’s 91 percent white. Asians are the largest minority group; they make up just under five percent of the population. Fortunately, at CLC, you’ll be able to find a much more diverse population. The school has a Multicultural Student Center, and several clubs and students orgs that are dedicated to specific ethnicities and heritages. It’ll be easy to find someone just like you there, and more importantly, students who aren’t like you.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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It’s assumed that Chicago is the closest big city to Grayslake because of its location in Illinois. But the Wisconsin border is 15 minutes from campus, and Milwaukee is just as close as Chicago is; they’re both around an hour drive away. In fact, you take the same road, I-94, to go to both places. As for everyday commuters, 94 could easily become their best friend, but if they can they’ll try to take Route 45 instead. CLC sits right on 45, and the traffic rarely is as bad as it can be on 94. If students move off campus, they usually move to somewhere like Waukegan or North Chicago.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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In the daytime, New Haven has a certain storied, academic charm you could only find in a New England college town, with Yale’s campus and the historical architecture and sites around the city. But at night, when the clubs, pubs, and bars open up for business, it’s a completely different scene. Rich harmonies and melodies seep out of Toad's place, one of Connecticut's best music venues, and swirl past young professionals walking to Hula Hank's to get lei'd, or on their way to enjoy a different type of music at the Alchemy Nightclub. The street lamps can romantically illuminate a couple’s walk home from an anniversary dinner, or help an intoxicated grad student find their way to their apartment after a long night at a bar. The nightlife in New Haven is exciting and is a different type of life than what the city usually gives off during the day.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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New Haven’s infrastructure has a well developed public transportation grid, and with a little-known university called Yale in town, students have been using the local buses to get around for years. CT Transit has two routes that SCSU students can take: D just east of campus, and B on the west side of campus. SCSU also runs a shuttle service with eight buses, and even though they’re used mostly for getting around campus they’re still useful. One of the shuttles can take students to Union Station and back, which could be useful for out of town commuters.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Biola tries their hardest to keep students fed with a dining hall/food court area, a cafe, a coffee house, and a grab and go style shop. There’s a fair amount of variety, certainly more than you could find at most schools. But with so many appealing restaurants in the area, it’s easy for students to be lured away from campus by the aromatic scents and five star reviews. Los Angelos is a great culinary city, and the food quality reverberates throughout the metropolitan area all the way to La Mirada and its neighbors. Students are tempted to go out every night of the week, but usually settle for one or two meals out on the weekend.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Moving off campus can be liberating and an ultimate sign of independence for students. Some of them don’t just move off of Biola’s campus, but out of La Mirada altogether. They usually settle in a nearby area like Norwalk, Fullerton, or Buena Park, to give a few examples. Is it worth it? Well, all three areas are within a 15 minute drive of campus, which is very manageable. As for apartment costs, Norwalk is a couple hundred cheaper on average, Buena Park is about a hundred dollars less expensive per month, and Fullerton is around the same cost as La Mirada. Depending on where you look, you could easily find a cheaper and better apartment in one of these areas.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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In this region of Oregon, it seems like I hear more about animal poaching by local hunters than I do about violent crimes in town. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I just really feel that this is a safe area. If students aren’t convinced, I’d love to take them around myself through the local neighborhoods--wherever they want at whatever time they want. I usually encourage my clients to get a feel for the community before they settle down in it; experiencing a neighborhood for themselves will either affirm or sway their feelings about their choice. In the case of Grants Pass, I think you will feel right at home when you walk through the city.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The views of the nearby mountains and nature in Grants Pass are simply tremendous. It’s a place where you can admire the views, breathe in the fresh air, and realize just how beautiful of an area you live in. Students who are new to the area will love exploring all the natural areas around the region. I’d personally recommend the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, it’s just a 15 minute drive from campus and you could easily spend a day or two there, maybe even a whole weekend. But really, everywhere you look there’s nature to be explored, whether it’s a 15 minute drive or an hour drive past the California border.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The SUNY schools are a terrific state system--one of the very best in the country, in my opinion. It seems like every school has a specialty, and students who go there for that field are rewarded with a job after graduation. Fredonia’s specialty has been education for a long time; it started as a teachers’ college and maintained this reputation even after it expanded to include other degrees. More specifically, music education is what the school is known for in particular. The other majors all have a lot to offer too, but none as much as a teaching degree at Fredonia.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Fredonia is about 50 miles from Buffalo, 115 from Rochester, and 40 from the Pennsylvania state line. As for Lake Erie? It’s just a mile away from campus. To get to it you have to cross I-90, which is the major road in the area that can take you to nearby areas like Silver Creek, Derby, Dunkirk, Westfield, and others. It’s up to you whether you want live in these places and make the longer commute to campus, but if you have a car then the highway makes it a reasonable drive. There isn’t a lot of great public transportation outside of the immediate area, though, so a vehicle is needed for longer commutes.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Three Starmetro buses stop at TCC’s campus during the week: the Canopy, Evergreen, and the Tall Timbers routes. The problem is, on Saturdays it’s just the Tall Timbers route, and on Sundays and at nighttime none of the buses stop at TCC. So if you need to get to campus on the weekend to study or for a group project, it’ll be tough. But what’s more problematic is if you have a late class or have to stay at TCC past the bus’s operating hours--then you’re stuck. You can rely on public transportation if you need to, just be aware that it’s limited and can’t accommodate your schedule anytime you need it to.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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To be honest, you aren’t going to have a full itinerary of nightlife activities every weekend at TCC. That is, if you look around campus. There may be student events or parties here and there, but the school isn’t known as a place that erupts with life after dark on the weekends. Nearby FSU, however, is. Tallahassee is pretty well known as a college city, and FSU is the school where all the students flock to on the weekends. It isn’t against the rules for TCC students to attend their parties, especially if you have a friend who goes there. And if you don’t, I’m sure you’ll make a few when you’re there.

 
Weather

Weather

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Scranton’s climate is what you’d expect in the Northeast, with both the perils and beauty of the four season calendar year. They say that you have to experience a harsh winter to fully appreciate a warm summer, and Scranton residents could tell you how true that is. When the average lows in the winter can reach the 20s and sometimes even the teens on the thermostat, the spring and summer heat is always welcome. It can be too much when the heat waves hit the city, usually about once a month, but the rain’s always there to cool us down after. If you’re used to living in all four seasons, you’ll be just fine here.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Ricky Salinas - Property Manager

Students sometimes feel like if they look outside of Scranton for rentals they’ll find a cheaper price because it’s further from prime urban real estate. I always reply, why do that when you can avoid the prime real estate and stay in Scranton? Sure, there are luxury apartments and condos in the city, but there are also cheaper places at student rates. They aren’t any less expensive than what you’ll find in suburban areas. In the end, if the rents are similar (or identical), just look for an apartment that’s in Scranton and closer to school.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Tarrant County College’s campuses and class buildings are dispersed throughout Fort Worth, and all of them offer students a different view of the city and nearby areas. Their Trinity River campus is right near downtown and allows you to have a front row seat to all the culture happening around you on any given night. The southeast campus is past the city border in Arlington, and is also close to Dallas. The northwest campus is on a reservoir and has access to some of the best natural areas outside of the city. Every campus is suited for a different student, and depending on what you’re studying you’ll get to choose one and explore its unique access to the metro area.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Depending on who you speak to, you’ll hear mixed things about southern Fort Worth. Generally, the feedback tends to be more negative than positive, but I don’t think it’s deserved. Sure, some of the homes are older and in rougher shape, but many of the neighborhoods there are restored and are housing young families and students. If anything, the community can look like it’s a scary place to walk through at night, but just because it looks sketchy sometimes doesn’t mean the crime is high. In fact, it’s not, and I would recommend this part of the city to any Tarrant County College student enrolled at their campus in the southern part of Fort Worth.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There are different types of trips students can take to St. Louis on weekend nights, and really their age decides what type of trip it is. Over 21 upperclassmen love to go to St. Louis bars, clubs, and other restricted venues when the scene near campus gets old. But the underclassmen go to St. Louis instead to see the Cardinals or Rams play, to attend their favorite band’s concert, to go shopping, and so on. They may feel like they’re missing out, but the privileges are cyclical, and someday they’ll have their chance to go to bars. They can’t complain too much in a place like St. Louis though, where there are so many opportunities to experience culture and nightlife of all types.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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SIU is pretty far outside of St. Louis by car, and tremendously far without one. It can take two and a half hours, at least, to get to the city’s downtown with public transportation. With a car, however, it’s only about a half hour with no traffic. Students don’t usually live close to downtown, though, because of rental prices. It’s more cost effective to live somewhere like Marysville, Troy, Granite City, Collinsville, or another suburb, both in terms of apartment prices and money they’d save on gas. But of course, Edwardsville is the most popular off campus place to live, and commuting to class from there is a cinch.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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SIU is pretty far outside of St. Louis by car, and tremendously far without one. It can take two and a half hours, at least, to get to the city’s downtown with public transportation. With a car, however, it’s only about a half hour with no traffic. Students don’t usually live close to downtown, though, because of rental prices. It’s more cost effective to live somewhere like Marysville, Troy, Granite City, Collinsville, or another suburb, both in terms of apartment prices and money they’d save on gas. But of course, Edwardsville is the most popular off campus place to live, and commuting to class from there is a cinch.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In October 2012, the unemployment rate in Fort Lauderdale was about 7.8%. The economy in this city is closely tied to tourism, and more specifically, boating and yachts. About 110,000 jobs in Broward County are boating industry-related jobs. Nearly 42,000 boats are moored year-round in Fort Lauderdale, and there are over 100 marinas. The biggest employers specifically in Fort Lauderdale are the North Shore Medical Center, American Express, and Motorola. Despite the homeless population, the unemployment rate is not worse than the average American city, though Fort Lauderdale in particular is a more expensive place to live than your average American city.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 166,000 people live in Fort Lauderdale, of which 53% are non-Hispanic White, 9% are Hispanic White, 31% are Black, 14% are Hispanic, and 2% are Asian. Almost 30% of those under 18 in Fort Lauderdale live below the poverty line. Almost 22% of the population is foreign-born. About 7% of the population is Haitian, and nearly 2% is Cuban. At Broward College, more than 37% of students are foreign-born. The most popular major at BC is an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, followed by Liberal Arts, and Criminal Justice. Of the 67,000 students total, 27k are White, 22k are Black, 3k are Asian, 15k are Unreported, and about 21k total reported they were Hispanic.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Rochester and Rochester Hills are a long commute from Detroit, and if you plan on working out of the city, you may want to consider relocating to a closer suburb. That being side, if you don’t mind the distance, and a commute that will feature traffic along I 75, then Rochester is a very nice place to live compared to the other suburbs of Detroit. The Downtown areas of Detroit are always stop-and-go, but once you get out past where I 94 meets I 75, things may start getting a little better. I 94 Eastbound is particularly bad, but as a commuter to and from Rochester, you’ll be avoiding it. Keep in mind that Detroit is consistently ranked as one of the worst cities for commuters by Forbes every year.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Being a town of 12,000 people, Rochester has somewhat limited options for daily recreation. The Meadow Brook Theatre is a small community theatre with frequent plays and performances put on, and the Meadow Brook Hall is a beautiful home from the early 1900s, is over 88,000 square feet, not only well-maintained, but its holiday decorations and displays make it a must to visit each holiday season. The Fieldstone Winery is a laid-back winery for a wine tasting. In Rochester there are also numerous gyms, a skate park, art galleries, and a few pubs,but otherwise, you may want to take the 40-minute trip into Detroit if you want lots of variety.

 
Weather

Weather

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In Philadelphia, summers are warm, humid, and uncomfortable, and winters are cold and dry, and generally without much snow. The summer temps during the day are in the 80s, and feel hotter due to the mugginess. In the winter, temps hover around the 30s. Spring and autumn are the most comfortable, and prettiest, seasons in Philly, unless you have allergies, in which case you may suffer. Philadelphia actually topped the Forbes’ list of America’s 10 Most Toxic Cities in 2011, due to pollution, bad water, and the number of hazardous waste sites nearby. Philadelphia has its strong points; weather and climate isn’t one of them.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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For being a small Catholic university, there is a fair amount of reported crime at HFU, including disorderly conduct, vandalism, liquor-related referrals, and larceny. Aside from these numbers, just about all students reported that they feel extremely safe on campus, and that the campus is secure, and HFU, compared to the rest of Philadelphia, is quite secure. It is located in Northeast branch of Philadelphia, in of the safest neighborhoods. Venturing off-campus is somewhat safe too, as long as you go places in groups, and take care not to wander in North Philly. All the way Downtown in Center City, it can get dangerous once night falls. More specific places to avoid include Kensington, Germantown, Fairhill, Frankford, Summerdale, and others; if you plan on going somewhere you’ve never been, take someone who has been there!

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Springfield is home to many exciting festivals and events all year-round. For the holiday season, over 600,000 lights and displays illuminate Forest Park in a month-long festivity called Bright Nights. Each spring, Springfield tries to break the world record with the Largest Pancake Breakfast, and in 2011, over 30,000 people attended. The Springfield Gay Pride Week is a big event in early June, and throughout the summer, events like the Hoop City Jazz Festival, Armory Big Band Concerts, Italian Feast Days, Street Arts Festival, Caribbean Festival, and Festival of Big Balloons at Thanksgiving, makes Springfield a lively city to live in.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Springfield’s nightlife scene is very famous, specifically for its LGBT friendliness. The Club Quarter has over 60 bars and clubs, most of which are around Worthington, Stearns, and Chestnut Street. Theodore’s Booze, Blues & BBQ has an awesome bluesy atmosphere, great live music, and everyone has a good time. There are a few strip clubs right in Springfield, mainly Mardi Gras, though there is a nude male strip club called Xstatic, too. The Hippodrome, Skyplex, and Oz are the three most popular dance clubs locally. For karaoke, hit up Rory Fitzgerald’s, there are a few places to play pool, like Smith’s, right above Theodore’s, and some fun bars include Paddy’s Irish Pub, Sophia’s, Mingle’s, Donovan’s, and more.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Around 35% of students who attend Bradley live off-campus. Thankfully there are many places to live in Peoria which are not too expensive. As always, it is more prudent to live with a roommate and cut rent costs. Many two-bedrooms in Peoria are only around $600/month, and three-bedrooms about $750, while one-bedrooms are around $500/month. There are some townhouses for rent as well. Peoria Heights and East Peoria are right down the street and have some additional rental options as well.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Peoria is home to a few major festivals each year. The Peoria Civic Center hosts live music from some of the biggest artist’s today, comedy shows, theater events, and more, so always keep an eye on their calendar to see if there is a show coming up you’d be interested in attending. There are a few other venues and theaters that put on performances throughout the year, too. The 25th Annual Illinois Blues Festival takes place each August, with two days of blues artists performing, workshops to attend, music competitions and more. The Steamboat Classic is a 4-mile race with so many participants than an international crowd is drawn to participate and watch as well. The Heart of Illinois Fair, and Annual Art Fair, are just two other events. Just every every type of sport has a home in Peoria, and there are courts, arenas, and fields to watch them all.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 55,000 people live in Annandale. The population is 64.5% White, 20% Asian, 6% Black, and Hispanic/Latinos account for 14.5%. For every 100 females, there are only 93 males, so there are slightly more women here. About 7% of the population is below the poverty line. Almost 40% of households in Annandale make more than 100k a year. The student demographic information specific to the Annandale campus of NVCC is not available, though they claim diversity and that up to 20% of the student body is made up of international students.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate at NVCC is fairly low. In the past couple years, all arrests have been drug- and alcohol-related, and on-campus, the only crimes really reported are minor thefts, and in 2009, a couple assaults. The Alexandria campus of NVCC is more dangerous. The NOVA alert system sends messages to mobile phones if there are any incidents students should be aware of, and even. Students feel very safe on-campus. Annandale is a pretty safe town to live in, too. The highest rate of crime in Annandale is around Hummer Rd/Walton Rd, and the Beltway is considered the divider between the nicer areas and less nice areas.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The unemployment rate in Conway was 9.5% as of November 2012. Vulcan Materials, a Fortune 1000 company, and Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company, are big employers located in Conway. Conway is not a rich town. More than 20% of households bring in less than 15k a year, and about 50% make less than 35k a year. Only 6% of households make more than 100k a year. With Myrtle Beach about 15 minutes away, many find jobs there, and Conway’s economy is largely depended on the success of the tourism economy there.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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CCU has a fine dining locations on campus. Hicks Dining Hall has numerous options, as does Cino Grille. The Hackler Snack Bar, UP C-Store, Ingle Hall C-Store, Science Center Snack Bar, and a Java City are some other options. In recent years, the dining options here have really expanded, and most students are satisfied. In Conway, there are many great places to eat, too, like Rivertown Bistro, which is a little gem with a great atmosphere and unique dishes. FATZ, The Trestle, and Coppers are all agreed upon as having some of the most delicious food in town. El Patio is probably the most popular Mexican restaurant. For breakfast, try Crady’s, or Eggs Up.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Around 60% of students live off-campus in Whitewater. There are many inexpensive rooms for rent and sublet options in Whitewater. Two-bedrooms go for as little as $375/month, which is unheard of in just about the rest of the country. More expensive, but also nearby, are the Waters Edge Apartments. The Office of Residence Life at UW Whitewater has resources for students, like an Off-Campus Transition Guide, and advice in regards to subletting, landlords, and other rental situations.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public transportation at UW Whitewater is okay, but many students have cars and don’t choose to utilize the options, and most everything is within walking and biking distance anyway. The Brown Cab can take you across town and campus for a standard fare, and buses provide transportation to cities like Janesville, and shuttles occasionally offer rides to other college campuses.

 
Weather

Weather

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Summers here are muggy and sticky, with temperatures usually in the 80s and uncomfortable. It gets VERY buggy, and combined with the high humidity, makes the outdoors avoided. Summers can also seem rainy. Winters can get very cold. Autumns are pretty, if you can get past the amount of thunderstorms. The winter weather is somewhat unpredictable--there may be warm spells up into the 70s, or there may be a streak of days below freezing. Spring can be unpredictable too-- it may come early, or a late frost can ruin gardens in April.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Kansas City is home to a rich nightlife scene. There are strip clubs, comedy clubs, dance clubs, and everything else under the sun. The Gusto Lounge is a hipster bar with a nice dance floor. The VooDoo Lounge is an awesome music venue that has great sound and light shows. For karaoke, choose The Red Balloon, which also has darts, trivia, and other activities going on. A great jazz bar is the Blue Room, the Jerusalem Cafe is the best hookah bar, and the best pub is either McCoy’s, or The Flying Saucer.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Green Bay and the surrounding areas are home to some big annual festivals, like Celebrate De Pere, the Beer Belly Two Walk and Run, Garden Fair, Oneida Powwow, and Hops on the Hill. Taste on Broadway, Brown County Fair, and Savour Green Day are also all big events. The Winter Family Festivals takes place this February, and the Third Annual Green Bay Film Festival takes place this March. Downtown Green Bay is home to many special events all year long, so stay tuned!

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Traffic congestion is a problem in Green Bay. Traffic jams are common, so you better be prepared to spend a lot of time battling traffic if you want to drive a car in Green Bay. I 43 and Route 41 can get rough, and also around 32.

 
Weather

Weather

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Summer temps here average in the 80s and 90s, and winter temps in the 40s and 50s. The most rain falls in November, while the least falls in July. Humidity is high throughout the winter months, and then disappears in the summer. There is remarkably little sunshine from November to February, and days are dreary and foggy, but if you can survive it, June through September are beautiful.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Every July, the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival is held to commemorate a French soldier’s discovery of the onion, and enjoy Washington’s official state vegetable. Farmer’s Markets are a regular occurrence throughout the spring and summer in Walla Walla. The Stage Race, a bicycle race, takes place every April. The Walla Walla Sweets, a baseball team, the Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls, a roller derby team, have games that the public can view. The Power House Theatre holds an annual Shakespeare Festival, and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival is a two-week musical celebration in the streets. There are many fun events here over the course of the year.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 52,000 people live in Stratford. The town is 76.4% White, 14.3% Black, 2.4% Asian, and Hispanic or Latino of any race make up 13.8% of the population. Nearly 50% of households consist of married couples. For every 100 women in Stratford, there are only 89 men. Around 5% of the population here is under the poverty line. At PCI, there are about 4100 students enrolled, of which over 90% are White. Out of all 4100 students, there are just 174 Hispanic students, 163 African American students, 13 Asians, and 4 Native Americans.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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For history buffs, there are a few museums and sites to check out, like Booth Memorial, David Judson House, and Garbage Museum. The Stratford Antique Center is a really neat place to browse the various antiques and collector’s items that may be up for sale that day. Short Beach is clean and has various activities like volleyball, a skate park, playground, mini golf, and vendors. In Stratford there is also a bowling alley, go kart speedway, movie theaters, some department stores, and some really good places to eat out.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Around 88% of students live off-campus, so you certainly won’t be the only one seeking an apartment. EMU has its own online search database for off-campus housing and roommate finder service. Students who live off-campus recommend to take into consideration the quality of the landlord, and the safety of an area before signing a lease. One-bedrooms can be as inexpensive as $350/month, though the majority are around $575. Like any college situation, it is best to live with roommates to save money. Apartments in Ann Arbor are also an option.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Ride, by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, has routes and stops in Ann Arbor, Downtown Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Downtown Ypsilanti, and UM campuses. EMU 30-day bus passes are available for $40. For around campus, there is a free campus shuttle to various campus buildings and Downtown Ypsilanti. In Ann Arbor, the Amtrak, Greyhound buses, or Megabus can take you Chicago and Detroit. Both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have taxi services as well.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Houston is just a 20-minute drive from Pasadena, which is good news since Pasadena is pretty much home to strictly dive bars, crappy clubs, sorry sports bars, and a Hooter’s. There are a couple places that aren’t so bad. Bam Bam has dancing and cheap drinks, and Gene’s is pretty fun for a dive. Corner Pocket gets pretty busy since it often has a live DJ, karaoke, lots of pool tables, and dart boards. Barefoot Tina’s has pool tables too, and smoking is allowed inside, like most of the local dives. SJC has many activities on campus for those seeking something besides the bar scene, including events at the Student Center, a gym, and numerous clubs.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The top employers in Pasadena, Texas are the school district, Boeing, LyondellBasell, Bayer Shell, and ExxonMobil. Much of the economy revolves around the petroleum industry, and the success of maritime shipping in Houston. As of June 2012, the unemployment rate in Pasadena was 9.7%, still somewhat high. While the cost of living in Pasadena is around 15% lower than average, the unemployment rate could be better to help families. SJC has a Career & Employment Center and an online job search database to help those seeking work. The school also hosts Career Expos, employer panels, and workshops, to aid their students.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The area of Carbondale where SIUC is located has one of the lowest crime rates of all the neighborhoods in Carbondale. The central and eastern parts of Carbondale have slightly higher crime rates. SIUC sees a dozen or so incidences of sex offenses each year, which is fairly high. It also has numerous reports of assault, also pretty high. Like any college there are numerous burglaries. It is a common “myth” that SIUC is unsafe, however the numbers don’t lie. Most students agree that there could be more police patrols and lighting at night.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Despite being where 51 and 13 meet, there is rarely ever any traffic in Carbondale. The area where 51 and 13 meet is sometimes slowed, but never stop-and-go. Carbondale has won Tree City USA, and Best Outdoor Towns in America awards, and is an enjoyable place to drive around. You will rarely ever hear horns, or wait more than a minute or so at a traffic light. A lot of nature surrounds the roadways, and it makes driving in Carbondale a pleasant experience.

 
Weather

Weather

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Mays Landing is a pretty average four-season town. March and August see more rain than any other months, while February and June see the least. It gets somewhat humid August through September. August and September are the sunniest months, and December probably has the most overcast days. The only natural disasters to strike New Jersey are hurricane- and flood-related, with the occasional serious Nor’easter dropping snow.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Despite its small size, Mays Landing has a few good places to eat. Sugar Hill Sub never leaves a customer unsatisfied, and Crabby’s, while expensive, has the most delicious crab legs. The best sushi is found within Sakura, which also has a full bar, and a chef who prepares part of your dinner in front of you. Maplewood is easiest the best Italian restaurant, and the Inn at Sugar Hill is a beautiful location for a fine dining experience. At ACCC, the culinary students prepare meals for the restaurant, which is well-liked, and preferred over the cafeteria food.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Louisville is most famous as the location of the annual Kentucky Derby horse races, and the two week festival preceding it, full of events, parades, and the biggest fireworks show in North America. The biggest Beatles festival in the world is also held in Kentucky, celebrating the popular band. Other big festivals include a Shakespeare Festival, the Forecastle Festival, the Kentucky State Fair, Ironman triathlon, Bluegrass Balloon Festival, the St. James Court Art Show, and many more.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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One of the most fun and unique things to do in Louisville is visit the Mega Cavern, which has underground zip lining, challenge bridges, and a 17-mile tram tour. The Kentucky Derby Museum draws many tourists and derby fans, and the Muhammad Ali Center is a favorite for sports fans, as well as the Louisville Slugger field, for baseball games. Louisville has many other museums and historic sites and parks. Everyone loves go-karting at Bluegrass Indoor Karting, visiting the Zoo, going bowling at Kingpin, and skating at Champ’s. In Louisville, you can also go swimming at the Aquatic Center, go to the movie’s at Baxter, visit one of the many music venues, or get lost in the maze that is Mall St. Matthews.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 92,000 people call Yakima home. The population is 67% White, 2% Black, 2% Native American, and 1.5% Asian. Hispanics or Latinos of any race make up 41% of the population. Roughly 20% of Yakima citizens have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and about 45% of households are made up of married couples. At YVCC, nearly a third of students are over the age of 30. Around 47% of students are White, 44% are Hispanic, and 4% are Native American. Asian, African American, and Other are all about 2%. About 63% of students are female, and 37% male. An equal number of students are part-time and full-time. More than 98% are from Washington state.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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YVCC, despite being a community college, actually does offer some on-campus housing, where about 10% of students live. A fair amount of students also still live at home, and commute to campus. For those who choose off-campus housing, the most inexpensive one-bedrooms in Yakima go for about $600-$650/month. Two-bedrooms go for between $650-$750/month. There are quite a few apartment complexes in Yakima to choose from.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Chicago is a little under an hour away for those seeking tons of nightlife options, but Joliet has its own little thing going too. The Department has an outdoor balcony which draws a crowd, and the food is pretty good, too! The Heroes sports bar is one of the most popular bars in the vicinity, though it can get mixed reviews depending on the quality of the staff that night. There’s a Hooters in Joliet, too, though a Hooters is a Hooters wherever you go. The Chicago Street Pub has great bar food, fun music, and is overall a great Irish pub. McBrody’s is less than a half mile, easily walking distance, to Harrah’s Casino which may help its popularity. Lastly, Jameson’s Pub is popular for those wanting to get really intoxicated for cheap.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are a few bicycle and walking trails in Joliet, but to really travel anywhere, there are public transportation options. The Metra rail to Chicago has two route’s last stops in Joliet, as does the STAR line. Amtrak also has a stop in town. PACE is a bus service that runs every day but Sunday through Joliet. Since JJC is a commuter college, most students have cars.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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There is a noticeable different in crime rates between the east and west halves of SLC, with the east being extremely safe. In all categories, the crime rate in SLC doubles and triples the Utah averages, except in the hate crime category, since hate crimes are somewhat rarer here. Murders, burglaries, and arson rates are all on the decline, though assaults and sex offenses remain unchanged. There are a high number of sex offenders here, about 1 in every 288 people. The safest areas here are around the University of Utah, Riverton, Cottonwood Heights, and West Jordan. The worst areas are Pioneer Park, Rose Park, Glendale, and Midvale. At SLCC, the Taylorsville and South City campuses have the most incidents of crime, though across all campuses, the only reported crimes are burglary/robbery/larceny and the occasional drug or liquor related arrest. In the past four years, the only other crime reported on campus was a forcible sex offense in 2011 at South City.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The unemployment rate in Salt Lake City was 5.1% as of December 2012, lower than the national average. SLC has a bursting, bustling economy, home to a Fortune 500 company, two Fortune 1000 companies, the SLC International Airport, the Sinclair Oil Corporation, one of the largest potato producers in the US, and a tourism market that has been growing since the 2002 Winter Olympics Games were held there. Both the economy and housing market are overall strong. Unfortunately, there is a fair amount of discrimination against those who are not Mormon in SLC, though it is not widely talked about, and many employers illegally ask you about your religion.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The traffic in Sacramento is pretty rough around rush hour, though it’s mainly traffic into Sacramento, not out of it. I5 and I80 can get pretty congested, as well as Route 50, but it is a matter of perspective; Sacramento is nowhere near as bad as LA or San Francisco, but for those from small cities, commuting may feel slow.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are an incredible number of restaurants in Sacramento. The one that consistently tops people’s lists, however, is the Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. The place is popular for good reason; the staff is friendly, the sushi is high quality, and the atmosphere is chic and upscale. Another super popular location is the Tower Cafe, which is always packed, and a little overpriced, but you can’t go wrong with any of the breakfast items or the dessert, specifically their signature French Toast dish. A third really well-liked restaurant is the Cafe Rolle, in East Sacramento. It is an authentic-feeling French restaurant that has been featured on an episode of “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives” where everything on the menu is delicious. On campus at SCC, there is a cafe, and a coffee shop, but in a city like Sacramento, students prefer the local eateries.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Covey Center for the Arts is a big performing arts center with various special performances and showcases annually. The Utah Valley Convention Center is another venue that hosts big events and conventions throughout the year. The American Freedom Festival happens in Provo every July, a giant independence day celebration with many famous musicians and patriotic events. The Festival Latinoamericano is another festival that occurs in Provo, when Hispanic culture is celebrated. The Sego Festival showcases films, music and art from Utah County. Many other events happen in Utah Valley, including the annual Tulip Festival, the Festival of Colors, Orem Summerfest, the Llama Fest, Spanish Fork Fiesta Days, the Sundance Film Festival, and many, many more.

 
Weather

Weather

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Provo is hot in the summer, and cold in the winter. Summer days are in the 90s and 100s, though humidity is low, and winter days are usually in the 20s and 30s, though occasionally it can dip into the single digits. It doesn’t rain too too often over the course of the year, though a fair amount of snow falls in the winter. Provo sees a lot more sunshine in the summer than most places in the US, but also has less sunshine in the winter than most places.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 55,000 people live in Pocatello, of which over 90% are White, and 7.2% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race. About 1.7% of people here are Native American, 1.6% are Asian, and 1% are Black. Of all households, about 48% are married couples. Over a quarter of the population is under the age of 18. At ISU, slightly more women than men attend, with 54% female and 46% male. About 78% of students are White, 7% are Hispanic, 1.5% are Asian, and 1.2% are Black. About 7% did not report their ethnicity.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are a wide range of options for apartments, all very close to ISU. One bedrooms go for as little as $310/month, and 4 bedrooms as little as $625/month. Pocatello is a very inexpensive place to live, a bit of a college city, and a bit cheaper than the national average cost of living, which is great, since only a third of students that attend ISU live on-campus.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Unfortunately, DSU doesn’t have any on campus transportation, which is fair in a way, considering its small size. The nearest bus stop to DSU is around ten minutes away by car. Around 67% of students live on-campus, but many have cars.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Center Valley is a teeny town of about 1000 people. However, it actually is home to a pretty big mall--The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, which has all the big-name national chains in an upscale outdoor mall-style that also has a movie theater and the Fresh Market. DSU has tons of events and clubs to keep its students occupied, sports to watch, pool, ping pong and Foosball, restaurants, a fitness center, and more. The mall is about 3.5 miles from DSU, and can be reached by bike ride, though most drive. Penn State Lehigh Valley, and Strayer University are both located in CV too, so when all else fails, they’re sure to have some events going on at their campuses.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Rockville is a pretty safe place to live. It’s a really nice suburban town, overall. Statistically, the crime rate is that of the average American town for crime. The City Center and Croydon Park have a higher rate of crime than anywhere else in Rockville, but aren’t considered dangerous at all. Montgomery College is pretty close to the City Center, but is completely safe. At Mongomery College campuses, crime is extremely low. In the past few years there have been a couple sex offenses, but they were actually by the same guy. Only a couple thefts happen a year. Hate crimes based on race happen about once a year.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Montgomery is nowhere near a party; it has no dorms or Greek life, and not all that many clubs that host events. The Rockville Town Center is a few minute walk from the Montgomery campus, however, where you can go shopping and to the movies. In terms of nightlife, there are many bars in Rockville. Hard Times is a restaurant/bar open til about 11, Quench is a cocktail bar open til 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, Gordon Biersch is open til 1 or 2am every night, and Clyde’s feels like Cheers. There isn’t really anywhere good for dancing in Rockville, though you can do karaoke at FM Karaoke, play pool at the Oriental Billiar Club, or catch a concert at one of the small theaters.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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As of January 2013, Portland’s unemployment rate is 7.4%, which is slightly lower than the December 2013 national average of 7.8%. Despite the falling unemployment rate, people still report that it seems difficult to find a job here. Intel is the city’s largest employer, which employs over 15,000 people. Portland is also home to the North American headquarters for both Adidas and Nike. As one of the biggest ports in the US, Portland ships more wheat than all but one port in the US. Lewis & Clark College has employment opportunities for students both on- and off-campus, and listings are available on a database on their site.

 
Weather

Weather

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Winter days in Portland are usually in the 50s. Snowfall varies anywhere from no snow all winter, to feet of snow. Summer days are usually in the 80s but can reach into the 100s. Some months rain for days in a row, but months like July may not see any. Portland is known for its gray, gloomy weather most of the year, in complete contrast to its few months of gorgeous summer weather.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are a wide range of restaurants in Spokane. The Wild Sage American Bistro is the place you are most guaranteed satisfaction. It’s upscale, quiet, and most importantly, the food is impeccable. Just as good is the Sante Restaurant, which is also a classy restaurant with creative dishes. The best place for breakfast is easily Frank’s Diner. The Flying Goat is a crazy popular restaurant with a hipster vibe, and interesting dishes, like a cole slaw pork pizza. Mizuna, Churchill’s, and Chicken-N-More. Clinkerdagger (or just Clink’s) overlooks the falls, and is comparable to Churchill’s, considering the quality of their steak and ribs. On campus at Whitworth, there is a Food Court, as well as a cafe with Mexican food, a grill, and subs, two coffee shops, and a quick-stop food mart.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Spokane doesn’t have too much traffic congestion, and is nowhere near as bad as Seattle, which tops lists of worst traffic congestion all the time. Rush hour can be a pain, like in any city, but isn’t too bad compared to other cities. I-90 can get slow during commuting hours, and if there is an accident. Overall, Spokane is tied for last place in terms of metro areas with traffic congestion, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it!

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Many events take place in Riverside. The Riverside Festival of Lights has 300+ Christmas lights, and fireworks, and over 65,000 people come to see it. The Festival of Trees is another holiday decoration event, which draws around 25,000 people. The Mission Inn in Riverside is supposedly haunted, so every year there is a Ghost Walk Riverside event with six different tours, and storyteller tour guides to spook the guests. The Riverside Dickens Festival is a literary festival with workshops, music, lectures, a street bazaar, and more. Other Riverside annual events include the International Film Festival, the Robot Expo, the LGBT Pride parade, the Riverside Airshow, the Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival, and an Independence Day celebration.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 4500 students are enrolled at CBU. About 63% of the students are women. Around 80% of students have cars. It is not a super diverse school, with about 70% of the student population being White, 20% Hispanic, and about 8% Black. In Riverside, there are over 300,000 residents. It is 56.5% White, 7.4% Asian, 7% Black, 1.7% Filipino, 1.6% Chinese, 1% Native American. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 49% of the population, and 42% of the population is Mexican. Around 50% of the population is made up of married couples. The biggest employer in town is the County of Riverside, followed by UC Riverside, and the Riverside School District.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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San Francisco is an expensive place to live. A one-bedroom costs at least 1200/month, with many as much as $2500/month. Even studios are thousands per month. Unlike most suggestions for college rooming, choosing more roommates doesn’t make your rent lower; it just means a bigger living space, which is more costly. You are better off not living in the heart of San Francisco if price is a factor for you. CCSF has a few resources for students seeking housing in the area.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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San Francisco is safer than most major cities in the US but it has its good and bad like anywhere else. The Potrero District area has a high crime ratre . A lot of cell phone muggings take place in San Francisco, especially around Market Street, so take care if you take your cell phone out. Bayview and Tenderloin are definitely not good areas, as well as the Western Addition area. In Tenderloin, tourists are often mugged. Tenderloin is certainly the worst part of San Fran for crime, and Haight and Mission are two other areas to avoid if you want to feel safe. The City College is not located in a particularly bad area, and crime is extremely rare on campus, with maybe three or four thefts a year.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There are two parks in Pittsford, Mendon Ponds Park, and Powder Mills Park, which includes a fish hatchery. Other than these, there is not much to do in Pittsford besides eat at a restaurant. Pittsford has an annual kid’s Fishing Derby, and a Summer Concert series, but for day-to-day activities, Pittsford is pretty small and doesn’t have much. Rochester is right around the corner, with its movie theaters, bowling, museums, zoos, and everything else you can think of though, so really you should head there for fun!

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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St John Fisher College has a campus shuttle which most students utilize at some point, though it mostly just runs Friday nights and Saturdays. Many students have cars. Students get free bus passes to RTS buses, which runs from Pittsford to Rochester, and it has a stop at St John, as well as a Wegman’s, and Nazareth College.

 
Weather

Weather

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Considering Hurricane Katrina, it’s important to keep in mind the possibility of a devastating hurricane. Winters are short and pretty mild, and the humid summers with temps up the 90s get a fair amount of rain. October sees the least amount of rain. It only snows every few years here.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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As of January 2013, New Orleans unemployment rate is just 4.7%, which is extremely low. Tourism is a big part of the economy here, since New Orleans is one of the top 10 most visited cities in the US. The maritime industry is also huge, as well as higher learning, since New Orleans is a bustling port city with over 50,000 students enrolled in its various local colleges. The number one employed is the Ochsner Health System, followed by Tulane University and the Acme Truck Line.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 8,000 students attend the Utica Branch of MVCC. The vast majority of students are White, here, with 7,347 of 8,407 being White, and the next closest group being Black with 539 students, following by Hispanic at 292, and Asian at 173, and Native American last, with 56. The city of Utica has about 62,000 residents, who are 69% White, 15% Black, and 7% Asian, with about 10% of the population being Hispanic or Latino.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Utica doesn’t exactly have a bumpin’ nightlife, though there are many bars. Nail Creek is well-liked, as is the Green Onion Pub. Celtic Harp has a lot of young people, and can get a little crowded. Space 26 is a chill lounge bar, and the Auburn is kind of a hole in the wall, but not so bad!

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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On campus at Lee, there are many dining options besides the cafeteria, like a Dunkin Donuts, Einstein’s Bagels, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, and Jazzman Coffee Shop. Cleveland has a few really good restaurants, like Bald Headed Bistro. It’s somewhat classy, and similar to Cafe Roma, which is equally good. Jenkin’s Deli is the best place for a sandwich, specifically the Chicken Salad. Popular chain restaurants include Golden Corral, Panera, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Five Guys, Chili’s, Denny’s, KFC, etc.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Cleveland Apple Festival is a two-day annual event downtown with music, games, animals, food stands, an apple dessert contest, and a girls’ Miss Apple Blossom pageant. Though this is one of the biggest events of the year, many other events take place in Cleveland. Fort Hill Cemetery Tours happen each fall, with tour guides dressed as deceased citizens of Cleveland talking about their lives. The Mystery & Folklore Tour is a tour of local folklore and ghosts each fall. MainStreet Cleveland hosts a concert series every year, as well as other events throughout the year, like the Halloween Block Party. The Foothills County Fair, Bluegrass Festival, numerous bike races and horse shows, Maifest, Sandhill Crane Festival, and the Church of God’s Music Explosion are just a few of the other special events in Cleveland.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Crime at PSC is super rare. There are not even burglaries reported on campus. Security guards are present and even pretty friendly. Everyone feels safe here. However, in Chicago Heights, the crime rate is pretty high. A few murders happen annually, as well as a few dozen sexual assaults and a handful of arson cases. There are bad areas in Chicago Heights, and then slightly better places. A lot of people feel unsafe in the Heights, especially considering the gang and drug scene, and you may occasionally hear gunshots.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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PSC is a community college with no dorms, so all students live in the area either with family, or in apartments. One bedrooms in Chicago Heights are anywhere from $585/month to $1200/month. Two bedrooms average around $800/month and three bedrooms nearly 1000/month.

 
Weather

Weather

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Summers in Brooklyn are hot and humid, and winters are very cold. People don’t exactly move to this area because of nice weather. Summers are usually in the 80s, and winters in the 30s. A couple feet of snow usually fall over the course of the winter months. Many days are clear, but winters are usually pretty gray and overcast. Hurricanes and tropical storms can occasionally hit the coast up here.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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In Brooklyn, about 20% of people live under the poverty line. The most common job is nursing. About a quarter of the population has at least a Bachelor’s degree; on the opposite side of the spectrum, about a quarter of the population don’t even have a high school diploma. About 50% of people in Brooklyn speak English, and about 13% can’t speak any English. More than half were born in New York, while the other most popular places of birth are China, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. Of the population, 36% are White, 33% are Black, 20% are Latino, and 9% are Asian. At CUNY Brooklyn, about 16,000 students make up the student body. The student population is very diverse, with around a quarter of the population White, a quarter Black, a quarter Hispanic, and around 15% Asian.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Paramus is home to the Van Saun Park, which is a nice little park with a little zoo, little railroad, and carousel. It’s cute and clean plus pony rides and a playground, so it can be a little noisy with small children, but its a nice place to go. There are a couple other regular parks in the area too. There is a public swimming pool, a mini golf course, regular golf courses, movie theaters, an arcade, and a few shopping centers, including the Westfield Garden State Plaza, though parking can be difficult.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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BCC is a commuter college without dorms, so most students have cars. You can take a bus from Paramus to Manhattan through New Jersey Transit, and there are a couple other bus routes in the area to nearby locations. BCC doesn’t offer any campus transportation, and requires parking permits to use the campus parking lots.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Being in NYC, there are an intense number of places to eat. 53rd & 6th Halal Cart is an insanely popular food stand in a few locations. There are long lines and big hype for a good reason. Totto Ramen is the best Japanese food, and though it’s tiny and super crowded, is also worth the wait. The simply named “Burger Joint” is the best for a burger, Carnegie Delicatessen has the best sandwiches, Woorjip is best for Korean, and Sushi Yasuda is the one and only place for your sushi dreams to be fulfilled.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Located near Times Square, Berkeley College is surrounded by nightlife. In the Midtown & Theater District area of Manhattan, popular dance clubs include Upstairs at the Kimberly, which is a pretty rooftop bar with a beautiful view of Midtown. Carnival is an amusement venue/bar with carnies and games, but not recommended unless you’re prepared to spend a lot of money playing carnival games. The 48 Lounge is a well-liked club easy to miss from the street, which is nice because it’s never too crowded. For a great live show, Terminal 5 is a small venue though it can get crowded and the band playing largely dictates the sort of crowd who comes in that night. Pacha is a similar venue. The National Comedy Theater has never put on an unfunny performance and is really reasonably priced. The best bar in the area is probably The Pony Bar.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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UC Berkeley is home to many interesting events, like Cal Day and Caltopia, to celebrate its students and the community alike. The city of Berkeley is home to festivals, too. The International Kite Festival happens in the marina each year, the Old Time Music Convention is a 5-day music party, the World Music Festival is an outdoor music wonderland, the Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival is an art festival, and Dia De Los Muertos is a hugely popular celebration. Other big events include Earth Day, the Himalayan Fair, Indigenous Peoples Day, Jazz on Fourth, the Jewish Music Festival, LastSundaysFest, the Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair, the International Holiday Bazaar, and more.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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At UC Berkeley, about 75% of students live off-campus. Generally, it is freshman that live on campus, and fraternities and sororities house their members. For everyone else, there are many private listings for apartments in Berkeley, as well as public listings for apartment complexes. One-bedroom apartments are incredibly expensive in Berkeley however (~1200/month), so it’s highly recommended that students find multiple roommates. It’s really important to figure out your housing situation early on, because with the vast number of UC students seeking housing for the school semester, it is very competitive to find a place to live.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 7,000 people live in Harriman. About 90% of the population is White, and 7.5% Black. The remaining 2.5% are Native American, Hispanic, and Asian. About 42% of the population consists of married couples. Women outweigh men by a lot in this town. For every 100 women over 18, there are only 78.5 men. About 32% of the population under the age of 18 is below the poverty line. At RSCC, more than half of the student body is between the ages of 17 and 20. Women just about double the number of men. Nearly 90% of the student body is White.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Very few crimes happen at Roane State. Of over 6500 students across its several campuses, less than a handful of thefts are reported each year, and that’s about it. The campuses are well-lit, and security guards are always present. Harriman is a really safe small town, and RSCC is in an area with a low crime rate. Thefts are the most common crime here, and there are around 20 stolen cars a year. There is no murder, but there are 47 registered sex offenders, which is a lot for the size of the population. It means 1 in every 140 people is a sex offender here.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In August 2012, the unemployment rate was just 7.4%, lower than both the NC and national average. The most common occupational industries for men in Durham are Construction and Education, and for women, Healthcare or Education. About 52% of households in Durham make less than 50k annually, and about 35% make less than 35k annually. Overall, the economy here is doing well, and most people don’t struggle to find work.

 
Weather

Weather

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Durham has hot humid summers, cool winters, and an average amount of rain. Hurricanes and tropical storms can occasionally pass through this area of North Carolina. There is plenty of sunshine year-round, and any snow that does fall in the winter doesn’t stick. Between May and September temperatures are usually up in the 80s and higher. January and December, while the coldest, don’t really get much cooler than the 50s. There is no one rainy season in Durham; it really varies. Durham has a really high number of sunny days annually, with more than 50% of days either clear or partly cloudy. Tornadoes can occasionally affect Durham.

 

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