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SLO is one of the best college towns in the U.S. — and great for bars, ranking says

Cal Poly celebrates class of 2018 at commencement ceremony

The Cal Poly SLO commencement ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics was held Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Alex Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California.
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The Cal Poly SLO commencement ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and College of Science and Mathematics was held Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Alex Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, California.

San Luis Obispo has been named the best college town in California.

The city, home to Cal Poly, topped the list of college towns in the Golden State, according to a recent ranking by Reviews.org.

The site sought out cities with less than 250,000 residents and “a low cost of living, abundant jobs, and easy transportation.”

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Reviews.org analyzed overall population, student population, rental costs, college education rates, transportation access, unemployment rates and bar availability.

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Cal Poly was named Best in the West by U.S. News. Joe Johnston jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Iowa City (University of Iowa) was ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Ithaca, New York (Cornell University), and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana).

San Luis Obispo came in at No. 41 overall. No other California school cracked the top 50.

Reviews.org also ranked San Luis Obispo in the top 10 for “best college towns for bars,” based on bartender employment rates.

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San Luis Obispo has been named the best college town in California by Reviews.org. Courtesy of reviews.org

Cal Poly SLO students unveiled on Saturday, April 7, 2018, their ultra-lightweight solar car called “Dawn,” which is made of carbon fiber composites and over 100 square feet of solar panels. They hope the car will break the world land-speed record.

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