Chapel Hill came in at No. 13 in WalletHub's top college towns rankings, thanks to the social environment at UNC.

The South is filled with some of the best college towns, and North Carolina is showing out with some of the top college towns and cities in the country, according to rankings by WalletHub.

WalletHub compared more than 400 U.S. cities of different sizes on 30 key indicators of academic, social, and economic opportunities for students. There is data ranging from the cost of living to the quality of higher education.

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (unsurprisingly) took the number 13 spot on the list – the highest for a school in our state. That was just behind Tampa, Fla. for comparison sake.

Raleigh came in just behind Chapel Hill, proud home of NC State University. Wilmington came in at No. 35 on the list, thanks to the beach atmosphere at UNCW.

And what about Fayetteville? Well, it’s on the list… coming in at No. 352, just ahead of Jackson, Miss., and Kent, Wa. Last on the list at No. 415 is Compton, Ca.

Source: WalletHub

 

Overall Rank City Total Score Wallet Friendliness Social Environment Academic & Economic Opportunities
1 Austin, TX 63.6 209 10 23
2 Ann Arbor, MI 62.83 250 17 14
3 Provo, UT 62.3 22 63 45
4 Orlando, FL 59.96 80 4 141
5 Oxford, OH 59.35 3 1 304
6 Gainesville, FL 58.93 130 62 61
7 Scottsdale, AZ 58.92 309 140 1
8 West Lafayette, IN 58.8 39 39 112
9 Rexburg, ID 58.7 5 97 118
10 College Station, TX 58.33 28 53 125
11 Orem, UT 58.24 133 206 19
12 Tampa, FL 58.05 175 22 92
13 Chapel Hill, NC 58.03 185 72 55
14 Raleigh, NC 57.85 198 35 74

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.