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Welcome to University Cities!

UniversityCities.org seeks to explore the concept of University Cities. These cities — there are six of them — have outgrown their college-town status and created dynamic economies around the major research universities at their center. It turns out that these cities are quite different from others, sharing DNA that naturally produces highly educated workforces, out-sized arts and cultural sectors, big-city entrepreneurial activity and very low violent crime rates, all with a low cost of living. In short, these are cities built perfectly for the knowledge economy.

The cities are: Ann Arbor, Durham, Fort Collins, Lexington, Lincoln and Madison. Each fits the criteria: a city and MSA population between 250,000 and 1 million, a major research university in its urban core, and students making up at least 10 percent of the population. 

This new species of city has not been identified and studied…until now. The office of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray started the project with the hopes of engaging the other five cities. 

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