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Lubbock has been named in the top 20 of the best cities for college students in smaller metro areas.

The report, done by the American Institute for Economic Research named Lubbock 11th in the AIER College Destinations index for small metros with 250,000 to 1 million residents.

The Hub City beat out other cities such as Killeen, Santa Barbara, California; Lexington, Kentucky; and Honolulu.

“The quality of education we offer students on campus combined with the social and cultural opportunities of the city makes this a great place for those in pursuit of higher education,” said Texas Tech Interim President Lawrence Schovanec.

“We often speak to graduates and they reflect fondly on the time they spent in Lubbock, and express the desire to return to Lubbock – either for work or as a place to raise their family,” he continued.

The institute based the designations on 12 performance areas, including student concentration; diversity; research capacity; degree attainment; cost of living; arts and leisure; city accessibility; creative class; earning potential; entrepreneurial activity; brain gain or drain, and the unemployment rate.

The listings are available here.