Gainesville Among Cities Ranked Highly on American Institute for Economic Research College and Employment Destinations ListsApril 19th, 2016 by gainesvillechamber
The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has ranked Gainesville among the top 20 Small Metro Areas on the 2016 College Destinations Index. The list is one of two lists published annually to help students and their families locate the places that offer a mix of off-campus learning experiences and post-graduation jobs. AIER’s College Destinations Index ranks the top 75 metro areas according to four categories with implications on students’ off-campus lives: student life, economic health, culture and employment opportunities. AIER’s Employment Destinations Index ranks the top 75 metro areas based on eight economic and quality-of-life factors that motivate job seekers to move.
In 2015, Gainesville was ranked third on AIER’s Employment Destinations Index. The Washington Post recently published an article titled, “Looking for Success After College? Choosing a City School Can Increase Your Odds.” According to the Article, “What may interest students most about these two surveys are the cities that ranked high on both lists because they have a vibrant economy that can provide opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as full-time jobs after graduation. The overlap between the two lists includes some of the usual suspects such as Washington and San Francisco, and smaller cities such as Austin and Raleigh, N.C. It also includes Fort Collins, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and State College, Pa.”
The Post article pointed to the strong representation of universities located within close proximity to the city core as an indicator the benefits of going to college in an area that gives students opportunities to extend their networks well beyond campus.