Where does Idaho rank when it comes to the 2023's Best College Towns & Cities?

Well, our friends at WalletHub just released their list of Best 2023's Best College Towns & Citiesand here's how they determined the rankings "In order to determine the best college towns and cities in America, WalletHub examined 415 cities of varying sizes across three key dimensions: 1) Wallet Friendliness, 2) Social Environment and 3) Academic & Economic Opportunities."

Photo by Roel Dierckens on Unsplash
Photo by Roel Dierckens on Unsplash

Before we get to the rankings here's how they determined the cities:

  • Large Cities: More than 300,000 people
  • Midsize Cities: 125,000 to 300,000 people
  • Small Cities: Fewer than 125,000 people

Wallethub also mentions "In this report, including the above tables, “cities” refers to both cities and towns for simplicity. We limited our selection of cities to those with a university or college population of at least 7,500 students. Some cities that met the college-population criterion were excluded from the analysis due to lack of available data".

Boise showed up in the Best College Towns & Cities overall rankings and is ranked the 40th best college city with a total score of 54.11. They also break down how wallet-friendly, social environment, and academic & economic opportunities.


  • Rank: 40
  • Wallet Friendly: 154
  • Social Environment: 69
  • Academic & Economic Opportunities: 166

But, the big surprise is that Rexburg is ranked 6th on the overall list.


  • Rank: 6
  • Wallet Friendliness: 8
  • Social Environment: 155
  • Academic & Economic Opportunities: 65

Not only did Boise, and Rexburg make the list of 2023's Best College Town & Cities, but so did Moscow.


  • Rank: 222
  • Wallet Friendliness: 105
  • Social Environment: 103
  • Academic & Economic Opportunities: 362

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