A lot of people spend a lot of time hating on Binghamton. But if this isn't proof that our little town is turning around, I don't know what is.

Best College Reviews put together of the 50 Best College Towns and Binghamton landed at number 28. Really not too shabby considering just how many college towns there are. Best College Reviews took several things into consideration while compiling their list including: Livability, Student-to-resident ratio, Cultural Offerings, School Presence and Large Employers.

The towns in the top spots have all of those criteria, while towns that have only some are ranked lower. Here's an example for you: my birthplace-Tacoma, Washington ranked at number 50. Tacoma has high livability and large employer scores, but it lacks in the other three, particularly in student-to-resident ratio and school presence.

Here's what Best College Reviews had to say about Binghamton:

Binghamton is home to Binghamton University, is an economic powerhouse, and a regional cultural center. Centered around the defense industry, there are tons of employment opportunities for graduates or newcomers. Large employers include Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, IBM, Sanmini-SCI, and Universal Instruments. The city is home to a variety of festivals, a large gathering of art galleries downtown, and the regions premiere philharmonic. Coupled with a number of museums, many of the towns historic buildings assure there’s always something new to explore. Additional Information: Population: 47,376.Student Population: 15,308.


Other towns somewhat close to us made it onto the list including Syracuse (Binghamton actually beat them) who came in at number 30 and Ithaca, which beat out both Syracuse AND Binghamton by coming in number 4 on the list.