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First, you need to find a compatible roommate. Submitting your roommate matching profile is how you'll begin your process that most find mostly self-explanatory.

All metros we serve are below; click each for more including average roommate rent. Roommate advice for everyone immediately follows with RoomieMatch.com Anti-Scam Guidelines at the end.

the average roommate rents above refer to . . .

. . . 1/2 the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in that city. Not just for those seeking roommates on this site, the city's average. While sharing a 2-bedroom apartment is obviously not the only possible roommate situation, it is the most common and a good general average.

Luxury accommodations, a central location, and/or a trendy neighborhood will tend to cost more.

If you find a housing share with 4 or more roommates, expect the rent to be a little less. However, larger homes or apartments with 4 or more bedrooms occupied only by renting roommates are not that common.

If you can't pay at least the average, you'll probably need more time, because you won't have as many options as someone willing to pay the going rate. You should also expect a less central location and fewer amenities. Similarly, if you have the place to share and plan to charge more, you should expect it will take longer to find someone willing to pay that.



regarding your city's average roommate rent . . .

. . . we've had some exclaiming, "But you see, my place is really worth a lot more because it's better/safer/larger/more beautiful/has so many amenities! So I should charge a LOT more than average!"

We're certainly not saying you CAN'T do that. You can certainly TRY to charge as much as you like.

However, no matter how nice your place is, most room seekers still want to save money, not spend as much as possible.

What you're offering is actually "worth" in the minds of most is what your local roommate market will bear, or what you can get someone to pay to live there. For most, this won't be much more than average.

If you think your place is extremely nice, many roommate seekers will probably agree! This may mean you can charge a BIT more than average, and you'll probably get your "pick" of roommates.

However, if you're trying to charge a LOT more than the going rate for half a 2-bedroom share, most will automatically rule you out, will never be matched with you, and will stick to possibilities that are more typical price-wise, and more budget-friendly.

On average, more rent = more time. Less rent = more folks will be interested = less time.

If you're looking for help paying a very large mortgage, you'd more easily find eager roommates if you rented more than one room in your home, then charged each roommate less.

If you're someone who is offering part of a rental to share that may be overpriced, you may want to consider moving as well as sharing your current abode. (You could have profiles active for both situations, and just end up living wherever sounds most appealing.)




lots of great details . . .

. . . will really help, about yourself and/or the room you're offering. Our profiles make it as easy as possible, but you should still share some additional unique details.

Room seekers like information and appealing features. Neglecting to give them any will damage your response rate.

Don't sell yourself short!



Don't remind anyone of their High School Vice Principal.

A lot of homeowners feel strongly that they want their property respected. No damages under any circumstances! This is understandable, and certainly not a problem in and of itself.

However, if "laying down the law" is ALL you have to say, to the total and complete exclusion of ANY other details or features, it can be unappealing.

You DO want to make your needs known and keep your place nice. We get that.

But if all you've got for potential roommates is a litany of what they better not do or else, with nothing friendly or appealing to balance that out . . . well . . . you'll seem like a stereotypical High School Vice Principal.

Potential roommates will not be lining up to see your place, no matter how nice or well-located it is. They'll usually pick folks that seem more relaxed.

If you've got a lot of rules, just get a little levity into the mix. Show them your non-High-School-V.P. side too.



pets as roommates too

. . . will often narrow your options. Some places simply can't accept pets due to landlord rules or the allergies of existing residents. However, we're not suggesting you abandon yours!

What pet owners should do:

- Start roommate seeking earlier to allow for the additional time it may take you.
- Realize there may be an additional deposit required, and budget accordingly.
- Emphasize good stuff about your pet in your profile and when talking to potential roommates.

--- Very well-behaved?
--- Attended obedience school?
--- Very low-maintenance, and/or you'll be consistently available for all your pet's needs?
--- Gets along with others very well??
--- You'll do a great job cleaning up after your pet?
--- You'll accept all responsibility for any damages your pet might cause?

Make it as easy as possible for potential roommates to understand your pet will not compromise their lifestyle or their abode in any important way, and/or that you'll fix it if it does.



I won't be home much . . .

. . . is not as effective for scoring reduced rent in as many situations as many room seekers seem to think. A notable exception might be those that already own their homes, and can be a little more flexible on the rent they charge. Then, a frequent traveler as a roommate may be appealing. It MAY even result in reduced rent.

However, for those looking to share their rental, it likely doesn't matter.

Fellow renters have a number of non-negotiable bills, and usually need to fill that roommate slot with someone that will shoulder them equally. Your potential non-presence may be appealing, but it won't change their financial situation.

This doesn't mean those looking for a reduced rent to be mostly absentee can't find it. It does mean you should understand this sort of roommate situation will be more unusual, and start looking earlier to allow for the additional time it may take you.



Pay attention to our Roommate Behavior Ratings.

You DO want to determine how compatible you and a potential new roommate will be, BEFORE moving in.

You'll be happiest with roommates with higher percentage matches.

Better Roommate Behavior Ratings predict happier outcomes . . . instead of sob stories about roommates from hell. A little attention paid to compatibility NOW will save you major grief LATER.

Usually the best roommate for you is someone that's similar to you on some important Roommate Behavior Rating factors. You may be a very open-minded person. BUT, there's a difference between tolerating or even appreciating folks different from yourself out in the rest of the world -- and having those folks currently disco dancing in your living room when you're a light sleeper who needs to be at work in 3 hours.

Or, vice versa -- you need to disco dance in your living room until dawn but your cranky roommate constantly yells at you to turn it down. Then, extrapolate for practically any household situation: messiness, bill-paying, overnight guests, alcohol consumption, shared items, etc.

Our Roommate Behavior Ratings cover these things and more. If you can't be bothered to care now, you'll most likely WISH you had later . . . when you're spending a lot more time looking again much sooner than necessary, or suffering through a bad roommate choice.



contact desirable roommates ASAP!

Check your email often and contact compatible roommates ASAP!

We keep our database as current as humanly possible, but each day you fail to respond to a good roommate match is a day less likely they will still be available.

Roommate seeking is a "you snooze, you lose" proposition! If you don't stay on the ball, your good roommate match may settle for someone else first.

Many also provide phone numbers, you may want to use those too.



free your mind from tired demographic stereotypes

Be as open-minded as you possibly manage on basic demographics like gender, age, and sexual orientation. Most of the time, basic demographic details do NOT affect the overall roommate experience as much as less experienced roommate seekers imagine they will.

Do NOT be so open-minded on actual roommate behaviors that are important to you, behaviors that might actually affect YOUR lifestyle and overall well-being.

But you will be better off if you avoid relying on tired, outdated stereotypes on the basic demographics.

For example, some claim they'd rather roommate with women because they're allegedly tidier. Whether or not that's true in any completely average way, those who've actually lived with multiple roommates of both genders usually report some very tidy men and some women whose impact on an apartment was like a small tornado.

If tidiness (or anything else, fill-in-the-blank here) is what you're after, look at that specific question on the profile.

Don't rely on stereotypes. They're often inaccurate and you don't have to rely on them with our Roommate Behavior Ratings.



reconsider "youth" as a restriction

Many roommate seekers insist they'll only consider those who are financially responsible, economically reliable, over the "party hearty" stage when at home, clean, responsible, mature, honest, respectful, independent, quiet, stable, trustworthy, without "drama," etc.

And THEN, after that lengthy list of maturity specifications . . . they also insist they only want to hear from those under 30.

Nope, not saying only those over 30 are "mature" in those ways. Not at all. Also not saying absolutely everyone over 30 is "mature" in all those ways either.

But roommates under 30 that are mature? They're definitely going against stereotype.

If mature behavior is important to you, you'd do best to at least CONSIDER roommates in other age ranges too.

Meanwhile, considering a range certainly won't rule out roommates that are very young AND very mature. You'd just be expanding your possibilities and upping your chances of actually finding a compatible roommate in the near future.

If you want someone willing to live near kids appropriately, you'll do much better to consider all age ranges as well. Same goes for married couples looking to rent rooms.

Even if you're young or very "youthful" yourself, your entire social life doesn't have to revolve around your roommate, you know. Your social life -- as well as the rest of your life -- may prove less stressful if you and your roommates engage in any "youthful" hijinks primarily outside your home.

It may ultimately prove refreshing to come home from your night of carousing and NOT have to wonder why there's a young man you've never met before passed out on your sofa, or half a pineapple pizza in your tub.



Men, don't be CREEPY!

Extra especially if you'd like women to consider roommating with you. Dudes who want to be CREEPY should probably stick with other dudes. (More of an level playing field.)

Almost all women looking for roommates fear the possibility of ending up with a man that would "hit on" them, make inappropriate sexual advances, unwanted sexual comments, etc. In short, be CREEPY.

Most women have endured something like that sometime someplace, some situation where they were repeatedly exposed to some guy who was repeatedly expressing interest they repeatedly did not reciprocate. That situation was uncomfortable and CREEPY.

Women on a roommate site want to avoid that interpersonal hell. If they wanted to be on a dating site, they'd be on a dating site ALREADY, there are certainly enough of them out there. Roommate seeking is entirely different, and they are hoping other roommate seekers will respect that.

Some women are so terrified of even the POSSIBILITY of getting stuck with a CREEPY man that they will refuse in advance to roommate with ANY man.

Other women are a bit less terrified, and will at least consider roommating with a man, but will take that into consideration on a "case by case" basis.

Now then, if you're one of those guys who might like to be considered by a less fearful woman on that "case by case" basis . . . how might it look if you are heterosexual and say you ONLY want to live with women? Or even worse, only SPECIFICALLY HETEROSEXUAL women? What might she think when she reads that? If you're really and truly not planning to "hit on" your roommate . . . why MUST she be a woman? Or even furthermore, a woman AND heterosexual?

For many women, that just won't pass the "smell test."

Women willing to roommate with heterosexual men, even women who WANT to roommate with heterosexual men, will still have their Creep Detector on High Alert. Men should keep that in mind at all times.

Sometimes a guy will say something he considers lighthearted to a woman, just something he thinks will break the ice, etc. “We could share a room to save on expenses, heh heh heh.” That guy will imagine his casual joke was clearly harmless.

Meanwhile, that woman has already hit the delete button on that guy's profile.

He'll wonder why she never wrote him back. She'll not only never write him back, she'll now be wondering if all men should be avoided as roommates.

So guys, don’t even go near CREEPY. Don't even drive by the ballpark of CREEPY. Stay far, far, FAR away.



Don't drop the ball with poor social skills.

Our detailed profiles make it as easy as humanly possible to describe yourself in a thorough, yet friendly way to other roommate seekers.

However, while we'll carry you as far as possible, we do have to hand off the social transaction when you make contact. You will have to complete the play from there. If you "drop the ball" with your own social skills (lack of?), you'll find it more difficult to score a roommate.

To put this another way, roommate seeking is certainly NOT the same thing as romantic "personals" or dating. (In fact, if we think YOU think roommate = date, we'll delete your profile.)

But while seduction isn't the goal, don't go entirely too far in the opposite direction either.

It IS still a personal interaction where you will be judged on roommate-related desirability. You do need to try to be at least a LITTLE bit appealing. If you fail to impress other roommate seekers that you'll be at least tolerable interpersonally, they'll pick someone else.

You'll likely be more successful if you "mind your manners."

Present yourself in as flattering a light as possible. Be friendly, nice, and polite. Profanity or other vulgar language may be perfectly acceptable to you, but understand it may NOT be to others.

Use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation to sound as intelligent, educated and sane as possible.

Make your initial communication as interesting and detailed as possible, something that would likely invite a response. "hey i saw yer ad and im writing cuz i need a room," may not qualify as inviting for many.

First impressions mean a lot to many people. To the extent you do not make a good one, your response rate will suffer accordingly.



the cool friend = great roommate pitfall

. . . can be seriously bad news. Why we have the Roommate Behavior Ratings, to help our subscribers keep reality in focus when choosing roommates.

You shouldn't roommate with anyone whose freetext repulses you. No way. Nor should you roommate with anyone if you absolutely despise anything else on their profile. Certainly not.

But a lot of roommate seekers make the mistake of picking people who just sound "cool" or "fun" to them, someone with whom they think they'd like to barhop.

Unfortunately, cool friends don't necessarily = great roommates.

Behaviors you enjoy or tolerate in fun friends may NOT be the same ones you really need from a roommate. Many now ex-roommates found this out the hard way, and many friendships met harsh deaths as a direct result. Even if you'd be friends otherwise, if you're not compatible as roommates, it's not likely you'd end up friends anyway.

It's more likely you'll end up hating each other's guts.

Failure to pay the electric bill? Everyone's in the dark now? That carefree lack of responsibility that's so hilarious in a non-cohabiting acquaintance can suddenly seem much less so when you're now also in the dark at the end of a long day.

You may party like there's no tomorrow when you actually choose to go out on the town, but require your homebase be more peaceful when you finally return and need a little sleep. That friend you thought was such a riot during your last pubcrawl? You may find them substantially less hysterical when they bring the party and all the party people home on a night you'd hoped to relax.

Or, conversely, if you want bring home whoever whenever on whichever impulsive whim, a roommate with a conservative lifestyle is going to cramp yours.

The best roommate relationships work well due to ROOMMATE-related behavioral compatibility. Many roommate relationships that work well as roommate relationships often eventually lead to good friendships as well.

If you and your new compatible roommate form a great friendship TOO, that'll just be bonus.

But if you don't get along AS roommates, the home life will eventually suck. And you'll end up hating your roommate. Really. A lot.

Pay attention to the Roommate Behavior Ratings, at least on the stuff you care about the most.



tobacco smoking vs. roommate seeking

Smokers who insist on smoking indoors at the collective abode will usually take longer to be successfully matched. True for those with places to share as well as those looking to move.

If you smoke and need a new roommate as quickly as possible, we recommend willingness to smoke outdoors only at the residence, if you think that's possible for you. (And also indicating that on your profile to get more matches.) If not, please realize it will probably take longer, as you will have fewer options.

Some roommates will rule out ANY tobacco smoker, so smokers will never be matched with them.

But a larger group, including many non-smokers, won't care nearly as much if you're willing to keep the smoke outside only -- porches, balconies, yards, fire escapes, etc.



roadmap with roommates ahead of time

Many inexperienced roommate seekers describe themselves as easy to get along with, chill, easygoing, laidback, etc., and looking for similar.

However, their views on exactly what that consists of are rarely shared by as many as they initially imagine.

Before finalizing any new roommate arrangement, have a detailed discussion about the issues most important to you. We recommend our Roadmap for Roommates.

Draw up a written agreement about conduct on those issues, have everyone sign a copy, and keep it handy. This will lay the groundwork for getting along longer-term.

It's also a red flag if someone balks at making such an agreement, or if you have extreme difficulty working out what the collective rules should be.

It is a lot easier if you're compatible in advance on most roommate behavior issues, and that's the reason for our Roommate Behavior Ratings. However, even if you are quite compatible, it's still best to make things extra clear before taking yourself off the roommate market.

Vague may seem like the easygoing way to be in the beginning, but in the end usually just leads to massive roommate-related misunderstandings.

It's also harder to justify dissatisfaction that one of your expectations was not specifically met if it turns out you never bothered to specifically state it.

Don't assume everyone is on the same page.

Find out.

It's best to be clear on the important rules and expectations in advance, rather than get upset later about what was left vague.





How does RoomieMatch.com help you avoid internet roommate scammer scumbags?  (back to metro list)

Scammers, spammers, and scumbags specifically targeting roommate seekers are common.

Our actual human Scam Busters use their actual eyeballs and organic brains to review all roommate submissions.

Many get tossed in the trash.

We don't rely on our subscribers as our only reviewers, waiting to see what trash they report AFTER wading through it themselves.

We take out the trash FOR our subscribers.

We collect a lot of data, not just our actual questions, but also information from the submitter's computer and location which can only be accessed by site owners. Unlike most roommate sites, we are paying attention to this information, and actually making use of it to decide which profiles are worth accepting and which are probable scams. We have experience distinguishing real roommate seekers from the scammers and spammers - since 1998.

Meanwhile, all the screening we do against this ongoing internet roommate scourge saves you time and aggravation. It would be extremely annoying and time-wasting to have to exchange several emails with one of these scumbags before you finally realized that he/she was, in fact, a useless time-wasting scumbag.

However, it is NOT difficult to avoid becoming the FINANCIAL victim of a scam.

Is it difficult to avoid wasting your own TIME with scammers, before you're able to figure out who is who?

YES.

(If you don't use RoomieMatch.com)

Is it difficult to avoid losing MONEY to a scam, if you follow our RoomieMatch.com Anti-Scam Guidelines?

NO.

Your own common sense coupled with our RoomieMatch.com Anti-Scam Guidelines should prevent that entirely.




RoomieMatch.com Anti-Scam Guidelines

We're not aware that any roommate seekers on RoomieMatch.com have ever fallen for any roommate scams. We work hard to keep our subscribers scam-free.

However, we're posting our RoomieMatch.com Anti-Scam Guidelines as a public service.

No, nothing here is reason for widespread or undue panic, or non-specific worry. The vast majority of folks you could possibly meet from RoomieMatch.com are law-abiding citizens who are not out to illegally scam anyone.

This IS is a reminder that with roommate seeking and all of your other adult endeavors, you need to exercise good common sense. If your common sense is active and you follow our RoomieMatch.com Anti-Scam Guidelines, you will NOT be financially victimized.

If someone you don't know sends you a check/money order/cashier's check for a large amount of money, do NOT ever assume it cleared your bank as a valid payment until after your bank assures you the deposit was good.

DO call your bank personally to make sure the scheduled amount actually cleared your account and was legitimately deposited. Money orders and cashier's checks are forms of immediate payment AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT FORGED. If you're not extremely familiar with the issuing bank, assume you don't know what one of theirs would look like, no matter how "official-looking" it may appear.

In addition, sending a relative stranger large amounts of money unnecessarily or as an unnecessary and unrequested "overpayment" is very odd behavior in and of itself. If someone seems to be doing something a reasonable person would find suspicious, don't trust them immediately and completely, especially with large amounts of your own money.

This is good advice for roommate seeking and really, pretty much anything else in life. Your own adult common sense should kick in here!

More specifically, the details of the most common roommate scam: Someone contacts you with an interest in renting your room, and would like to secure the room from afar by sending payment in advance. Then they spin a "Tall Tale" about how they need to send a check/cashier's check/money order for hundreds of dollars MORE than the required amount. The alleged "reasons" for this extremely odd behavior vary, but all are equally "fishy" and should arouse suspicion in and of themselves. After you receive the "payment," you must immediately and with great urgency and speed (meaning, before your bank would be able to completely process the "deposit" and inform you it was bogus) refund them their "balance" by getting it back to them somehow. Probably, they'd like you to mail them one of your own legitimate checks back, or send them the "balance" via wire service, etc.

The big scam turns out to be that the payment they sent is FORGED, so the money you sent back as their "balance/refunded amount" just comes out of your own pocket. And then you never see or hear from this would-be roommate ever again.

If any potential roommate says anything vaguely like the above to you, tell them you don't want ANY form of payment that's for more than the amount required for first month's rent, deposit, etc. Not a dollar more than the minimum required to secure the room. Let them know as well that if they ignore your request and send more than the amount required anyway for any reason whatsoever, you'll not be able to refund them any balance until:



1.  Your bank has assured you the payment cleared, and this applies to cashier's checks and money orders as well as personal checks

2.  They can pick up their balance in person whenever they're ready to move in with you. You'll not be refunding any "balances" long distance, only IN PERSON.



If whomever is a legitimate room seeker, they should have no problem with either, and you can tell them RoomieMatch.com said so.

If they do have a problem and/or continue insisting upon some ridiculous scenario along the lines of that described above, let us know about it immediately and we'll delete their profile.

We are also constantly on the lookout for this and any other suspicious behavior, but we'd appreciate your assistance as well if you notice something we somehow did not. By this we do mean someone on RoomieMatch.com, and we would need the email address of that subscriber and a copy of the email they sent you with the offending details.

(We don't need you to forward along the latest internet gossip about this, just specific details if you think someone in OUR database is attempting to do something illegitimate with any of our other subscribers.)

The scenario described above is the most common we've heard. However, it's certainly not the only one possible.

More generally, if anyone does any of the below while roommate seeking, that's SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR TOO:



- unwillingness to meet with you face-to-face BEFORE any exchange of money takes place, even when you're willing to go out of your way to be available in person

- odd-sounding stories about how they can’t give you a landline phone number local to where they say they are and/or talk to you on the phone other than on a non-local cell number

- lack of references from anyplace you could verify as that number by looking it up in a commercial phone book or online equivalent

- immediate willingness, residence sight unseen in person, to pay much more than the going rate for a room or willingness to charge much less than the going rate for a room for no apparent financially sound reason -- exceptions might be if they want you to provide a service in exchange for lowered rent, nannying, cleaning, etc. But anyone looking to hire you to perform an expensive service would certainly want to meet you in person first

- willingness to pay multiple months in advance for a room, sight unseen in person

- insistence that you need to send them money remotely/from afar/wire/snail mail, etc., rather than a willingness to meet with you in person and accept payment then

- communication must remain solely via email on free email services (yahoo, hotmail, etc.) or via cellphone numbers that can’t be looked up and verified as to location. Communication in the beginning via these mechanisms is fine, but at some point BEFORE you give them any money they should be willing to provide you with a more direct and verifiable contact method. If they’re not willing to do that, you shouldn’t be willing to give them any money.

- insistence that they must pay you more money than required upfront, and you need to “refund” some of that with your own money. Or really, any indication of any desire to pay more money than that required upfront.

- any suggestion that you need to give them money back and/or a place to stay before their check or money order has had time to clear your bank, extra especially if they want you to do this remotely/from afar

- anyone seeking your checking account number, credit card information, or social security number. That is NOT necessary for roommate seekers.

- anyone who seems to think your roommate transaction necessarily needs to involve the use of wire services to send money, or anything involving escrow. Wire services are a good way to send and receive money anonymously. In a roommate seeking situation, that really shouldn’t be necessary, so it's a scammer red flag.



Finally, while it's obvious we take anti-roommate-scamming very seriously . . . we do NOT recommend blanket paranoia toward all roommates coming from outside your city

This has been the reaction of some to the roommate scam problem. While this reaction is understandable, it's still not rational or constructive.

Many students will be coming from outside your city to seek advanced degrees. Many will then seek roommates. Those students might be the most intellectually sophisticated, respectful, and uncomplicated roommates you'd ever hope to find, in part due to all the time they'll need to spend studying.

All that stuff we said above? Don't use any of that as an excuse to be a bigot toward roommate seekers not from your city.

Do allow yourself to be worldly and open-minded. Other doesn't necessarily = bad.

Just hold them to our RoomieMatch.com Anti-Scam Guidelines, stringently!

If they don't fail them? Then they didn't fail them.

But if anyone does fail them, let us know immediately. We'll toss that trash right out.





Albuquerque


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average roommate rent is $390

  • strong roommate market with an abundance of affordable housing - approximately 40% renters
  • more affordable for roommates than other major southwestern markets such as Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix
  • affordable roommate neighborhoods include La Mesa, Trumbull Village, and Los Volcanes . . . more expensive include downtown, Heritage East, and Nor Este
  • popular with first time home buyers as median home prices and property taxes are below the US average
  • largest city in New Mexico - mid-sized city and a college town overall, attracting student roommates to the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Southwest University of Visual Arts, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
  • depending on when you want to find a roommate weather might be a consideration, very high temperatures in summer, winter temps usually in the 50s. Some say Albuquerque has two weather conditions: sunny or stormy
  • rated above-average for walkability and bike-friendliness, with about 400 miles of bike lanes and walking paths. However, the public transportation options are more limited. ABQ Ride serves neighborhoods inside the city during the day, but for alternative schedules or frequent commutes roommates will probably want their own vehicles

(more that's relevant to an Albuquerque roommate search)

  • founded back in 1706 as a trading post, right along multiple historic routes including El Camino Real, Santa Fe Railway, and Route 66 . . . along which is the De Anza Motor Lodge, once a run-down hotel that would have been torn down if not for the priceless Native American murals in the basement. So the property was redeveloped as a luxury apartment complex, and you can still visit the one of a kind murals.
  • now feels like a cultural mecca with a diverse population and an active arts community, touching both desert and mountains. Nearby Sandia Mountains are the most visible geographic feature, and occasionally get enough snow for skiing. "Sandia" is Spanish for "watermelon" and is thought to suggest their bright pink and green sunset. Sandia Peak Tramway is the country's longest aerial tram, and can take you to the 10,378-foot-tall summit for amazing views and nature trails and/or restaurants.
  • red and green chile peppers are staples of Albuquerque cuisine, which fuses Native American and Spanish flavors
  • you and your roommates will breathe excellent quality air
  • is the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a number of high tech enterprises along the Rio Grande
  • long-time entertainment production hub, with many major motion pictures and television shows created here including Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and The Muppet Movie
  • hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, during which > 500 hot air balloons are launched over 9 days every October - hot air balloons are sighted year round in fewer numbers
  • hosts the Gathering of Nations in April, during which >550 tribes from the US and Canada travel to Albuquerque to participate in singing and dancing competitions
  • home to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where you can learn all about the region's indigenous tribe, along with the Pueblo Montano Chainsaw Sculpture Garden
  • Old Town neighborhood was founded in 1706, and features adobe huts and cultural galleries
  • Petroglyph National Monument is over 7200 acres of carved images left behind by the area's first settlers
  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is America's official atomic museum
  • Cliff's Amusement park features greasy tasty treats along with your choice of scary roller coasters or calmer carousels and trains
  • Albuquerque is surrounded by resort casinos
  • there's a Rattlesnake Museum . . . live snakes, snake skeletons, snake art and of course, snake souvenirs
  • tarantulas are abundant, with some state park employees giving guided tours of tarantula migrations





Anchorage


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average roommate rent is $700

  • largest city in Alaska, and the westernmost and northernmost metro area in the US
  • approximately half of all of Alaska's residents reside within the Anchorage metropolitan area, which is larger than Rhode Island. However, more than 90% of residents live within the 100-square-mile area making up the city proper or the "Anchorage Bowl"
  • while Anchorage is a medium-sized airline hub overall, due to being equidistant from New York City, Frankfurt, and Tokyo, it's within 10 hours by air of most of the world, making it a common refueling stop for international flights
  • groceries and other consumer goods tend to be more expensive than the Lower 48 due to the cost of airlifting them there, but there's no income or sales tax
  • due to geographic isolation, it's more expensive to move your stuff here from anyplace else most ways you could do that, so relocating roommates need to budget extra or travel light
  • Urban Anchorage is home to more wildlife than most cities, featuring black bear, moose, sheep, timber wolf, beaver, and fox residents. Beluga whales are commonly spotted along the Seward Highway.
  • about 10% of the local population is employed by the military
  • home to the largest campus of the University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University
  • while Juneau is the state capital, more state employees reside in Anchorage
  • Anchorage has a bus system and carpool service called the People Mover to move you around its most popular areas, but you will need your own vehicle outside downtown
  • big city living with natural beauty, clean air, and wide open spaces . . . bike paths, parks, mountains, lakes, glaciers . . . and 135 miles of paved outdoor trails!
  • Anchorage is farther north than Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki, so extremely mild summers with long days and frequent rain. Winter features heavy snowfall, heavy cloud cover, and very long nights. You'll want to keep an eye on any roommates who suffer from seasonal depression during Anchorage's long winter darkness.

(more that's relevant to an Anchorage roommate search)

  • The World's Largest Chocolate Waterfall is located in Anchorage inside the Alaska Wild Berry Park Store. The store needs you to know that the waterfall is display only, so your roommates must not drink from it. And even though it is over 20 feet long and seemingly more than sufficiently roomy, your roommates must not bathe in it either.
  • Just as a kind warning to traditional Christmas enthusiasts . . . one of Anchorage's favorite local culinary specialities is reindeer sausage.
  • Alaska is home to dozens of indigenous cultures and languages, often spotlighted with art, music and produce at the Anchorage Market. You can learn all about their 229 federally recognized tribes at Anchorage's Alaska Native Heritage Center.
  • Anchorage is covered in public art, including life-sized murals of whales and other Alaskan marine life.
  • Anchorage is extremely fond of their own craft alcohol - tasting events and tours abound for local breweries with many locally produced craft beers, ales, porters and hard ciders
  • You and your roommates will never tire of Anchorage's beauty, but you might get tired of talking about the weather. But then you'll need to keep talking about it anyway, because snow!
  • There's a week long winter snowmachine event, Arctic Man. (Some compare it to Burning Man, but with "crisper weather.") But it's definitely a giant freezing party run by enthusiastic "slednecks!"





Athens


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average roommate rent is $550

- college town, about 70 miles east of Atlanta
- summers are warm and humid, winters tend to be mild
- citizens better educated than national average
- active nightlife, lots of live music
- home to the University of Georgia





Atlanta


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average roommate rent is $790

- capital and most populous city in Georgia
- widely considered the educational and entertainment center for the southern US
- many consider it the most important economic center of the Southern US
- summer temperatures are very warm, late summer heat is prolonged, winters are mild
- thunderstorms are common, abundant rainfall overall
- large airline hub
- very large number of residential/suburban neighborhoods colloquially considered within greater Atlanta
- many historic nightlife and tourist attractions, many reasonably priced
- some of the best rated restaurants in the country
- many professional sports teams
- home to many universities and colleges, including Atlanta College of Art, Clayton State College, Morris Brown College, Reinhardt College, Agnes Scott College, Kennesaw State, Oglethorpe University, Southern College of Technology, West Georgia College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory, Spelman, Morehouse, and Georgia State University





Austin


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average roommate rent is $850

- college-town atmosphere, yet also the capital city of Texas
- summers are very hot and humid, winters are mild, lots of rain in spring and fall
- medium airline hub
- much outdoor recreation on the city's several lakes
- regarded by many as the most livable and pleasant city in Texas
- very large live rock-country-blues music scene, much located within a walkable downtown
- very large high-tech industry
- home to several universities, including Concordia Lutheran College, Huston-Tillotson College, Southwestern University, St. Edward's University, Southwest Texas State University and the largest campus of the University of Texas





Baltimore


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average roommate rent is $650

-large city, but only 40 miles northeast of Washington, D.C.
-large airline hub, much rail transport including Amtrak and a commuter rail to D.C.
-surrounds a major inland port
-home to many professional sports teams
-features a recently restored waterfront and an historic, preserved downtown
-population is extremely socioeconomically diverse
-climate is very changeable, with warm humid summers and cold rainy winters
-home to 19 universities, including Sojourner-Douglas College, the United States Naval Academy, College of Notre Dame - Maryland, Coppin State College, Goucher College, St. John's College, Towson State University, Western Maryland College, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore





Bangor


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average roommate rent is $350

- small town
- easternmost metro area in the US
- lumber, paper, and shipping center for Maine
- near the wilderness
- near major fishing sites
- extremely long and severe winter with snow on the ground most of the year, summers are mild
- home to the University of Maine and Hudson College





Baton Rouge


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average roommate rent is $400

- capital of Louisiana, but still mostly a college town
- located along the Mississippi River, ocean port
- summers are hot, muggy, and rainy, while winters are mild
- floods and tropical storms are common
- mostly flat with many marshes, swamps, and lakes
- small airline hub
- ocean port past adds to colorful local history
- many historic old homes of interest
- home to Louisiana State University and Southern University





Birmingham


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average roommate rent is $350

- Alabama's largest city
- summers are long, hot, and humid, with many thunderstorms, winters are mild
- many antebellum homes
- hosts many cultural festivals
- home of the Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Southeast
- home of several colleges and universities, including the University of Alabama School of Medicine, the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham





Boise


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average roommate rent is $420

- mid-sized city, the capital of Idaho
- climate is generally dry and mild with low humidity, but with occasional summer heatwaves and freezing winter storms
- small airline hub
- considered the cultural center of Idaho
- economy is both agricultural and high-tech based
- home to a few professional sports teams
- many residents enjoy fishing, hiking, and bicycling
- skiing is available nearby in the Boise Mountains
- home to Albertson College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene College, and Boise State University





Boulder


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average roommate rent is $725

- small college town
- 25 miles northwest of Denver, at the base of the Rocky Mountains
- warm summers and cold winters, thunderstorms are common in summer
- good skiing nearby
- more bicycle-friendly than most towns
- citizens better educated than national average
- cost of living higher than elsewhere in Colorado
- home to the University of Colorado





Boston


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average roommate rent is $900

- capital city
- at the head of the Boston Bay, New England's most important seaport
- weather changes rapidly, lots of precipitation, hot summers, stormy winters with lots of rain, snow, sleet, and fog
- high cost of living
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- many historic sites dating back to revolutionary days
- large public library system
- many professional sports teams
- home to an extremely large number of universities and colleges, including: Art Institute of Boston, Berklee College of Music, Boston Architectural Center, Endicott College, Gordon College, Lasell College, Montserrat College of Art, Mount Ida College, Newbury College, Wellesley College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wheaton College, Atlantic Union College, Babson College, Bentley College, Boston Conservatory, Cambridge College, Curry College, Eastern Nazarene College, Emmanuel College, Framingham State College, Massachusetts College of Art, MGH Institue of Health Professions, Pine Manor College, Regis College, Salem State College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wheelock College, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Emerson College, Harvard University, Lesley College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England Conservatory of Music, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts





Buffalo


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average roommate rent is $450

- located on the eastern end of Lake Erie
- waterfront hub
- severe winter snow, but pleasant weather in other seasons
- very low cost of living for New York state
- railway hub, including Amtrak
- many dedicated fans of both major and minor-league sports
- Niagara Falls is a major attraction
- rated one of the top cities in the country for architecture, featuring many buildings considered masterpieces
- home to over 50 art galleries, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center
over 20 professional theater companies in the Buffalo Theater District
- more than 20 parks
- home to three State University of New York campuses, including University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, and Erie Community College





Burlington


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average roommate rent is $500

- in Northwest Vermont along the east shore of Lake Champlain
- the Adirondacks lie 35 miles to the west, Green Mountains 10 miles to the east and southeast
- green and lush in summer, harsh winters
- largest city in Vermont, considered its cultural and educational center
- several sports teams, including hockey and rugby
- waterfront features paths for walking and biking
- ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's was founded here in 1978
- home to several college and universities, including the University of Vermont, Burlington College, and Champlain College





Calgary


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average roommate rent is $600

- large city, in southern Alberta along Highway 1 at the foot of the Rocky Mountains
- long cold winters
- unusually large temperature difference between day and night
- heavy rain in summer
- in terms of elevation, the highest metro area in Canada
- large airline hub
- good city bus system
- city is modern and clean, has a favorable business climate, and a diversified economy
- mountain recreational opportunities abound
- active nightlife
- many arts amenities for a city this size
- home to Mount Royal University, SAIT Polytechnic, Bow Valley College, Alberta College of Art and Design, Ambrose University College, St. Mary's University College, and the University of Calgary





Charleston


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average roommate rent is $550

- peninsula city bounded by two rivers
- summer is warm and humid, winter is mild
- 18-century seaport
- lots of local tourism celebrating the city's Civil War history
- excellent golf courses
- residents are considered friendly and polite
- delicious seafood
- many local theaters and playhouses
- home to a number of professional, minor league, and amateur sports teams
- several major hospitals located in the downtown area, including Johnson VA Medical Center, Roper Hospital, Trident Regional Medical Center, and the Medical University of South Carolina Medical Center
- home of the College of Charleston, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina





Charlotte


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average roommate rent is $650

- mid-sized city, near the South Carolina border
- summers are long and warm, winters are cool, freezing storms rare
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- attractive historic neighborhoods
- home to a number of popular professional sports teams
- home to Barber-Scotia College, Davidson College, Johnson-Smith University, Catawba College, Livingstone College, Queens College, Wingate Collge, Winthrop University, and the University of North Carolina





Cheyenne


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average roommate rent is $310

- capital of Wyoming, most populous city in the state, located in the southeast corner
- semiarid climate, cold winters, warm summers, snow cover rarely stays for long
- greenway connects many parks and neighborhoods
- commercial center of Wyoming
- still retains a 'Western flavor' and a small-town character
- low cost of living
- many residents are employed by the U.S. Air Force or the Wyoming National Guard
- hosts Cheyenne Frontier Days, the largest rodeo in the US
- home to the Laramie County Community College





Chicago


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average roommate rent is $700

- world class city along Lake Michigan
- climate can be severe, with hot summers and long freezing winters
- huge airline hub, largest number of rail departures nationally
- Amtrak
- very diverse demographically
- wide variety of neighborhoods with different atmospheres
- arts and culture hub, large museums
- many historical sites, much preservation
- many professional sports teams
- large public library system
- some of the nation's best-ranked restaurants
- home to Barat College, East-West University, Elmhurst College, Illinois College of Optometry, Industrial Engineering College, Judson College, Kendall College, Robert Morris College, Trinity Christian College, Aurora University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago State University, Columbia College, Concordia University, Governors State University, John Marshall Law School, Lake Forest College, Lewis University, North Central College, Northeastern Illinois University, Saint Xavier University, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Depaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University of Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, Rush University, Trinity College, University of Chicago, University of Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wheaton College





Cincinnati


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average roommate rent is $350

- mid-sized city on the north bank of the Ohio River
- very warm summers with frequent storms, cold winters with snow
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- city is a patchwork of historic neighborhoods
- cultural amenities include the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops home to College of Mount Saint Joseph, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, Xavier University, The Union Institute, and the University of Cincinnati





Cleveland


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average roommate rent is $350

- located along Lake Erie
- winters are cloudy, snow is frequent, summer is brief
- Amtrak
- medium airline hub
- recently restored waterfront area
- Cleveland Symphony Orchestra is world class
- home to Cleveland Institute of Art, Dyke College, Baldwin-Wallace College, John Carroll University, Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Cast Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Cleveland State University





College Station


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average roommate rent is $600

- small college town
- halfway between Dallas and Houston, about 60 miles east of Austin
- winters are mild, but summer heat is intense
- most months feature frequent thunderstorms
- low cost of living
- Sam Houston National Forest is about 30 miles east
- local sports teams are very popular
- home to Texas A&M University





Colorado Springs


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average roommate rent is $550

- mid-sized city on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains
- 65 miles south of Denver
- mild climate with low humidity
- mild weather compared to the rest of Colorado
- small airline hub
- strong military presence
- home to U.S. Air Force Academy, Beth El College of Nursing, Colorado College, and the University of Colorado





Columbia, South Carolina


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average roommate rent is $500

- capital city with a college town atmosphere
- commercial, industrial, and educational hub for South Carolina
- very long, hot, humid summers, winters are very mild
- along the Congaree River
- Amtrak
- small airline hub
- home to Benedict College, Columbia College, and the University of South Carolina





Columbus


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average roommate rent is $550

- capital city located in the center of Ohio
- along the Scioto River, 4 small rivers run through the city
- summers are warm and humid, winters both rainy and snowy, fog is common
- medium airline hub
- diverse economy with recent urban revitalization
- citizens better educated than national average
- home to College of Art & Design, Denison University, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Ohio Dominican College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Capital University, Franklin University, Otterbein College, and Ohio State University





Dallas or Fort Worth


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average roommate rent is $700

- very large urban area topographically
- summers are very hot and humid, terrain is relatively treeless, winters are mild
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- several cultural landmarks and parks
- several popular professional sports teams
- bizarrely large number of retail stores
- Dallas is home to Northwood University, Paul Quinn College, Amber University, Criswell College, Dallas Baptist University, East Texas State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Women's University, University of Dallas, University of North Texas, and the University of Texas SW Medical Center
Fort Worth is home to Southwestern Adventist College, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Christian University, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center





Denver


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average roommate rent is $800

- capital city, commercial, financial, industrial and government center for Colorado
- on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by 3 mountain ranges
- changeable climate, extremely hot or cold temperatures tend to be brief
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- features one of the best reviewed urban-core restorations in the country
- nearby mountains offer many skiing, hiking, fishing and watersport recreational opportunities
- large public library system
- active performing arts culture
- a few very popular professional sports teams
- home to Metropolitan State College, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado, and the University of Denver





Des Moines


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average roommate rent is $400

- capital of Iowa, located near its center
- Iowa's most populous city
- marked seasonal contrast, with warm, humid summers, and winters with frequent snowstorms and drifting snow
- cultural and economic heart of Iowa
- strong agricultural presence
- home of the Iowa State Fair
- ethnic diversity is low
- cost of living is low
- home to the first presidential primary caucus
- home to several art and history museums and performing arts groups, including the Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines Playhouse, Des Moines Symphony, State of Iowa Historical Museum, and the Metro Arts Alliance
- extensive skywalk system downtown
- many parks and golf courses
- home of several colleges and universities, including Drake University, Grand View University, Simpson College, Upper Iowa University, and William Penn University





Detroit


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average roommate rent is $500

- large city
- along the Detroit River, across the border from Windsor, Ontario
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- severe winter storms, frequent summer heat
- diverse socioeconomic character
- variety of neighborhoods
- local sports teams are extremely popular
- lots of classical music performance
- home of Baker College, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit College of Business, Michigan Christian College, William Tyndale College, Baker College of Port Huron, Lawrence Institute of Technology, Marygrove College, Walsh College of Accounting, Oakland University, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan





Edmonton


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average roommate rent is $540

- large capital city
- Canada's sixth largest city
- center of Alberta along the Saskatchewan River, the landscape is mostly flat
- northernmost metro area in Canada
- long cold winters
- heavy rain in summer
- many trolleys
- large airline hub
- city is laid out in a grid, with a mix of older and modern buildings
- location of the West Edmonton Mall, said to be the North America's largest, kind of like an amusement park
- many arts amenities
- home to University of Alberta, Athabasca University, Concordia University College of Alberta, King's University College, and the Edmonton campus of the University of Lethbridge





Fargo


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average roommate rent is $350

- in easter North Dakota at the Minnesota border
- largest city in North Dakota
- ool summers and extremely cold winters, heavy thunderstorms, legendary blizzards
- agricultural, commercial, educational, cultural, and transportation center
- ethnic diversity is very low
- recently revitalized downtown zone
- very low crime rate and unemployment rate
- many cultural features for a city its size, including the Fargo Theatre, the Winter Carnival, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Opera, Plains Art Museum, and the Fargodome
- many parks and golf courses
- home of North Dakota State University, North Dakota State College of Science, and Rasmussen College





Gainesville, Florida


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average roommate rent is $450

- college town
- long, hot, sticky summers, almost nonexistent winters
- Amtrak
- least tourist-y metro area in Florida
- nature and wildlife viewing center, natural springs
- several nearby lakes
- frequent sinkholes, swamps, and limestone caverns
- home to the University of Florida





Grand Rapids


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average roommate rent is $500

- business hub of western Michigan
- on the Grand River, 25 miles inland from Lake Michigan
- summers are warm and humid, snow is common in winter
- near both forests and beaches
- nicknamed Furniture City, as many companies have manufactured furniture there
- small airline and Amtrak hub
- several local arts festivals are popular
- home of Michigan's only professional ballet company
- home to several professional sports teams, including ice hockey
- home to several colleges and universities, including Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, the Kendall College of Art and Design, and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine





Halifax or Dartmouth


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average roommate rent is $475

- located on a peninsula with the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the north, the Bay of Fundy to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and east
- major port city
- one of the highest rates of public transportation use in Canada
- small airline hub
- features numerous small lakes and some higher elevations
- foggy with very serious, severe winter storms
- naval and governmental center, also a tourist destination with a popular waterfront
- home to University of King's College, Mount St. Vincent University, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, St. Mary's University, Dalhouse University, and the Technical University of Nova Scotia





Hartford


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average roommate rent is $800

- capital city
- on the Connecticut River, 40 miles north of the Long Island Sound, 110 miles northeast of New York City
- proximity to the Atlantic Ocean leads to strong northeast winds
- very cold in winter and very warm in summer
- Amtrak
- medium airline hub
- center for the insurance industry
- home to Charter Oak State College, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Hartford Graduate Center, Trinity College, Saint Joseph College, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, and Wesleyan University





Honolulu


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average roommate rent is $800

- capital city
- resort city located on the island of Oahu
- large local airport
- high cost of living due to isolation from national markets
- port of entry for most of the Hawaii's millions of visitors
- center for tourism and recreation
- strong military presence
- home to Honolulu University and Hawai'i Pacific University





Houston


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average roommate rent is $700

- 50 miles inland from the Gulf Coast
- sprawling metropolitan area, more than twice the size of Rhode Island
- mild winters, intense summer heat and humidity, foggy year-round, frequent thunderstorms
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- low cost of living
- gigantic malls
- lots of sports-related entertainment
- home to University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, Prairie View A & M University, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Texas Health Science Center, and the University of Saint Thomas





Indianapolis


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average roommate rent is $400

- capital city, geographic center of Indiana
- warm, humid summers but no extreme heat, intermittent rain and snow in winter, severe storms uncommon
- Amtrak
- medium-sized airline hub
- revitalized downtown
- spectator sports are large, including pro and college sports, and auto racing
- home to Franklin College of Indiana, Marian College, Anderson University, Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Indianapolis





Jackson, Mississippi

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average roommate rent is $300

- Mississippi's capital and largest city
- humid, hot summers, mild winters
- served by Amtrak
- hub of government and commerce for the state
- one of the lowest costs of living of any US urban area
- tourism highlights local history and culture
- home to Antonelli College, Hinds Community College, Mississippi College, University of Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center





Jacksonville, Florida

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average roommate rent is $450

- large city
- located in northeast Florida, only 16 miles from the Atlantic Ocean
- largest deep water port on the southern Atlantic Coast
- very heavy humidity, very rainy in July and August, winters are mild
- Amtrak
- medium-sized airline hub
- many beaches and golf courses
- home to Edward Waters College, Flagler College, Jones College, Jacksonville University, and the University of North Florida





Kansas City

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average roommate rent is $550

- large city on the Missouri River, near the geographic center of the U.S.
- warm summers, relatively mild winters, very windy due to lack of anything topographic to obstruct air currents
- Amtrak
- medium-sized airline hub
- famous for both barbeque ribs and blues music
- lots of professional sports fans
- home to Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City Art Institute, William Jewel College, Avila College, Baker University, Mid-America Nazarene College, Ottawa University (Kansas City Branch), Park College, Rockhurst College, Saint Mary College, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of Missouri





Knoxville

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average roommate rent is $450

- college town
- on the Tennessee River between the Cumberland Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains
- long summers, but the mountains ranges shelter it from extreme winter temperatures
- small local airport
- near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
- home to Knoxville College, Maryville College, and the University of Tennessee





Las Vegas

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average roommate rent is $500

- large resort city
- in southern Nevada near the Colorado River
- typical desert climate, very long, hot summer, cools off at night, winters are mild
- driest metropolitan area in the country
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- hiking, rock climbing and skiing available in nearby mountains
- has been described as Disneyland for adults
- home to the University of Nevada





Little Rock

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average roommate rent is $300

- capital of Arkansas
- largest city in Arkansas
- center of the state along the Arkansas River
- hot, humid summers, mild winters with very little snow
- home to several colleges and universities, including University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Philander Smith College, and the Clinton School for Public Service
- home to the Clinton Presidential Library and the Little Rock Zoo





Los Angeles

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average roommate rent is $790

- huge city on the Southern California Coast, south of the San Bernadino Mountains
- surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Southern California Coastal Mountain Ranges
- almost always warm and sunny, high humidity along the coast
- Amtrak
- medium airline hub
- geologic faults cause periodic tremors
- famous for some extremely wealthy neighborhoods, but these are unaffordable for most
- boating and beach recreation is among the world's best
- because of earthquake risk, the city has sprawled outward rather than upward
- extreme dependence on the automobile and population density have caused serious traffic problems
- home to Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College, University of West Los Angeles, Antioch University, Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts, California State Polytechnic University, Cal State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harvey Mudd College, Loyola Marymount University, Mount St. Mary's College, Occidental College, Otis College of Art and Design, Pacific Oaks College, Samra University of Oriental Medicine, Southern California Institute of Architecture, The Masters College, West Coast University, Whittier College, Woodbury University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, California Institute of Technology, California School of Professional Psychology, California State University, Claremont Graduate School, Pepperdine University, University of California, University of Laverne, and the University of Southern California





Louisville

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average roommate rent is $350

- largest city in Kentucky
- in Northern Kentucky along the Ohio River
- summers are warm and humid, winters are moderate
- a major center of American whiskey
- hosts the Kentucky Derby
- home to several museums, including Frazier History Museum, Louisville Science Center, The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and the Speed Art Museum
- home to several colleges and universities, including the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, and Simmons College of Kentucky





Madison

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average roommate rent is $500

- capital city, located in south central Wisconsin
- city surrounds two lakes, Lake Mendota and Lake Monona
- summer is pleasant, winters are cold and stormy with frequent snow cover
- ethnic diversity is low
- one of the best educated urban populations in the country
- many buildings of architectural interest, including some by Frank Lloyd Wright
- active local music scene, lots of live music nightly, home of many music festivals
- several local performing arts venues including the Madison Opera, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Madison Ballet
- home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison Media Institute, Madison Area Technical College, and Edgewood College





Manchester

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average roommate rent is $550

- largest city in New Hampshire
- northern New England's largest city
- located in South Central New Hampshire at the Amoskeag Falls on the Merrimack River
- harsh winters with lengthy snow cover, pleasantly cool in summer
- home to several sports teams, including ice hockey, Women's Tackle Football, and flat track roller derby
- home to several colleges and universities, including Granite State College, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester





Memphis

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average roommate rent is $350

- largest city in Tennessee, and the largest city on the Mississippi River
- near the Arkansas and Mississippi borders
- hot and steamy summers, frequent weather changes in winter
- lots of farmland nearby
- medium airline hub
- Amtrak
- many historic highs and lows
- thought to be the home of Elvis, and the hometown of the blues
- home to Crichton College, Christian Brothers University, Le Moyne-Owen College, Rhodes College, Memphis State University, and the University of Tennessee





Miami or Fort Lauderdale

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average roommate rent is $700

- large urban area near the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula
- southernmost metro area in the country
- long warm humid summer with abundant rainfall, mild and dry winter
- hurricanes are a concern
- beaches abound
- commuter rail between Miami and Fort Lauderdale
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- considered the gateway to Latin America
- active nightlife
- major commercial, resort, and retirement area
- unique mix of cultures and heat
- many residents are fans of both professional and college sports teams
- home to Florida Memorial College, Johnson & Wales University, Trinity College, Saint Thomas University, Barry University, Florida International University, University of Miami, and Nova University





Milwaukee

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average roommate rent is $400

- large city on the western shore of Lake Michigan
- stormy winters with many severe winter storms, milder summers
- rail service to Chicago
- Amtrak
- medium airline hub
- commercial and cultural center of Wisconsin
- famous for brewing beer
- many major league sports teams that are very appreciated by residents
- recently revitalized downtown
- home to Milwaukee College of Art and Design, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch College, Carroll College, Concordia University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin





Minneapolis or Saint Paul

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average roommate rent is $600

- capital city, along the upper Mississippi River
- 20 miles west of the Wisconsin border, near the geographical center of the continent
- winters are very long and very cold, severe storms are common
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- surrounding lakes with wildlife viewing popular in the summer
- ice-skating, hockey, snowmobiling popular in winter on the numerous lakes that freeze over in winter
- summers can be humid, but still relatively mild
- educational level of residents higher than national average
- one of the most economically diverse metroplexes in the country, several large industries represented
- modern, clean, and attractive downtown with skyways connecting many buildings
- has been said to have more theater and classical concerts per capita than any city other than New York City
- assortment of major and minor league sports teams
- home to the largest mall in the U.S., the Mall of America, which is almost like an amusement park
- home to Macalester College, Northwestern College, Augsburg College, Bethel College, College of Saint Catherine, Concordia College, Crown College, Hamline University, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin, William Mitchell College of Law, University of St. Thomas, and the University of Minnesota





Montreal

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average roommate rent is $650

- cultural and economic center of eastern Canada
- large city along the St. Lawrence River
- Laurentian Mountains are to the north, Appalachians to the south and southeast
- mostly 100-150 feet above sea level
- severe temperature differences between summer and winter, very hot and very cold weather annually, wet throughout the year
- excellent transportation system with a modern subway
- commuter rail hub
- large airline hub
- while French language and culture are dominant, most citizens are bilingual, and which language is predominantly spoken depends on the neighborhood
- city is packed with museums, good restaurants, professional theaters and other performing arts facilities
- cost of living is low for a city this size with this many cultural amenities
- home to Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Concordia University, Ecole des Haves Etudes Commerciales, Ecole Polytechnique, McGill University, Universite de Montreal, and Universite du Quebec





Nashville

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average roommate rent is $700

- capital city, on the Cumberland River in the northwest corner of the Nashville Basin
- second largest city in Tennessee
- warm, humid summers with frequent thunderstorms, weather changes frequently in winter
- medium airline hub
- known worldwide as the most important country music city
- big professional sports town
- home to Aquinas Junior College, Belmont University, Cumberland University, David Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University





New Brunswick

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average roommate rent is $600

- located approximately 30 miles southwest of Manhattan, on the bank of the Raritan River
- humid, subtropical climate with warm, humid summers and cold winters
- served by New Jersey Transit and Amtrak
- nicknamed Healthcare City, after its abundance of medical facilities, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peter's University Hospital, and Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- award-winning local theatre scene
- home to Rutgers University





New Haven or Bridgeport

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average roommate rent is $800

- large metropolitan complex
- approx 60 miles northeast of New York City, New Haven is a port
- summers are warm and humid, but winters are milder than many surrounding areas due to the Long Island Sound
- commuter rail to New York City
- Amtrak
- very small local airport
- New Haven is known as the first planned city in the American Colonies
- cost of living generally high, high property tax rates
- home to Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac College, Southern Connecticut State University, University of New Haven, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, University of Bridgeport, and Yale University





New Orleans

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average roommate rent is $550

- large city in southeast Louisiana, on the Mississippi Delta
- almost entirely surrounded by water (swampland, bayous, lakes, and rivers)
- most of the city is below sea level
- summers are long, hot, and humid, with heavy downpours occurring quite suddenly
- winters are generally pleasant, but foggy
- medium-sized local airport
- Amtrak
- major cultural influences from both France and Spain, who originally colonized it
- popular tourist destination, with many carnivals to entertain them
- the arts, culture, entertainment, music, food, history and architecture are like nowhere else, and have influenced the rest of the country and the world like few other cities
- it's said you can't survive in New Orleans as an impatient person
- home to Dillard University, Loyola University, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Southern University, Xavier University, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans





Newark

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average roommate rent is $800

- northern New Jersey near the lower Hudson River, immediately west of NYC
- natural terrain is flat and marshy
- summers are hot and muggy, winters are cool and wet
- Newark Airport is a major hub for the New York area
- Amtrak
- both a large city in its own right and a commuter community to NYC
- proximity to NYC, lower rents compared to NYC, and the many available transportation options to NYC make it attractive for many
- has a past as a less attractive heavy industrial center with more recent urban decay, but revitalization is underway
- home to Bloomfield College, Caldwell College, Centenary College, College of Saint Elizabeth, College of New Jersey, Montclair State College, Drew University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry





Norfolk

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average roommate rent is $600

- largest metro area in the state by population
- almost entirely surrounded by water, between the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the waterway known as Hampton Roads
- numerous rivers
- mild winter, long humid warm summers, few severe storms due to surrounding waterways
- small local airport
- 2 ferries
- Amtrak
- Virginia Beach is popular
- one of the best natural ports on the East Coast
- performing arts community active, especially for an area this size
- cost of living is moderate, and less than most East Coast areas this size
- shipbuilding, fishing, and other seaport-related businesses are dominant
- several large naval bases in the area
- home to Virginia Wesleyan College, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, and Regent University





NYC - Brooklyn

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average roommate rent is $1400

- most populous of the five boroughs of New York City
- high temperatures in summer with frequent freezes in winter
- historic home of many immigrant communities
- except for parks, totally urban
- one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country
- one of the most complex places to live in the U.S., presenting both unique challenges and opportunities
- city is very crowded, cost of living is very high, these factors are stressful for many
- extensive public transit system. including subways, buses, a ferry network, and a suburban rail system
- most residents do not own cars, most that do don't drive them daily
- commuter rail hub
- world-class dining, shopping, theater, symphony, opera, live music
- museums and architectural attractions draw global audiences
- hosts the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Philharmonic
- many parks, including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, Coney Island, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
- many colleges and universities, including Brooklyn Law School, Pratt Institute, New York Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology, and the SUNY Downstate Medical Center





NYC - The Bronx

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average roommate rent is $900

- northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City
- only borough located on the mainland
- high temperatures in summer with frequent freezes in winter
- economically diverse
- one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country
- one of the most complex places to live in the U.S., presenting both unique challenges and opportunities
- extensive public transit system. including subways, buses, a ferry network, and a suburban rail system
- most residents do not own cars, most that do don't drive them daily
- many celebrated professional sports teams
- home to Concourse Village and the new Yankee Stadium
- many parks and gardens, including Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden and the The Bronx Zoo
- Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life in the The Bronx, at Poe Cottage
- considered one of the birthplaces of modern hip hop
- home to the Bronx Museum of the Arts and several off broadway theaters
 -home to several colleges and universities, including Fordham University, Manhattan College, three campuses of the City University of New York, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy





NYC - Manhattan

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average roommate rent is $1500

- most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City, but the smallest in land area
- at the mouth of the Hudson River, the southernmost tip of New York state
- high temperatures in summer with frequent freezes in winter
- several major bridges connect the boroughs, boroughs have unique characteristics and are considered part of the whole
- national center, both economically and culturally
- except for parks, totally urban
- one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country
- one of the most complex places to live in the U.S., presenting both unique challenges and opportunities
- city is very crowded, cost of living is very high, these factors are stressful for many
- extensive public transit system. including subways, buses, a ferry network, and a suburban rail system
- most residents do not own cars, most that do don't drive them daily
- commuter rail hub
- Amtrak hub
- large airline hub with 3 major airports
- many ferries
- world-class dining, shopping, theater, symphony, opera, live music
- museums and architectural attractions draw global audiences
- many celebrated professional sports teams
- the New York Public Library has the largest collection of any public library system in the country
- Wall Street in lower Manhattan hosts both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ
- home to the United Nations Headquarters
- home to many colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Barnard College, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Cooper Union, Marymount Manhattan College, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, The Juilliard School, Pace University, Berkeley College, The New School, Bank Street College of Education, Boricua College, Manhattan School of Music, and the Metropolitan College of New York, School of Visual Arts





NYC - Queens

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average roommate rent is $1150

- easternmost of the five boroughs of New York City, second most populous, includes a few small islands
- high temperatures in summer with frequent freezes in winter
- one of the most complex places to live in the U.S., presenting both unique challenges and opportunities
- city is very crowded, cost of living is very high, these factors are stressful for many
- two of New York metro's airports are located here, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airport
- the Long Island Rail Road operates 22 stations here with service to other boroughs and Long Island
- possibly the most ethnically diverse urban area in the country, over 120 languages spoken
- neighborhoods differ greatly, especially with regard to housing options
- home to Flushing Meadows Park (New York Mets and the US Open), Silvercup Studios, Aqueduct Racetrack, and Kaufman Astoria Studios
- Queens Borough Public Library is one of the larges public library systems in the US
- home to a number of museums and cultural institutions, including New York Hall of Science, Queens Museum of Art, Bowne House, 5 Pointz, Noguchi Museum, Queens Botanical Garden, and Kupferberg Center for the Arts
- home to a number of colleges including LaGuardia Community College, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, York College, and the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology





NYC - Staten Island

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average roommate rent is $850

- least populated of the five boroughs of New York City
- used to claim the largest landfill in the world, now being made into a public park
- only borough that is not connected to the New York City subway system
- high temperatures in summer with frequent freezes in winter
- home to a diverse population of wildlife
- hundreds of acres of wooded areas
- free Staten Island ferry is a popular tourist attraction, providing views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
- home to the Staten Island Zoo
- home to many artists and musicians who wanted proximity to Manhattan but with larger, cheaper residential space
- home to several museums and cultural centers, including the Staten Island Museum, the Staten Island Botanical Garden, and the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden
- home to a few colleges and universities, including The College of Staten Island and Wagner College





Oklahoma City

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average roommate rent is $460

- capital city located near the center of Oklahoma
- mostly flat
- summers are long and hot, winters are short and mild, extreme cold very infrequent
- spring and summer storms can be severe, spawning tornadoes and large hail
- Amtrak
- medium-sized local airport
- major center for the oil industry and related manufacturing
- cost of living is low, especially for a capital city
- friendly, small-town atmosphere
- fewer cultural amenities and lesser interest in the arts than might be expected for a city this size
- home to Langston University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Southern Nazarene University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center





Omaha

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average roommate rent is $350

- in eastern Nebraska along the Missouri River near the Iowa border
- largest city in Nebraska
- warm summers and cold, harsh, dry winters
- diverse economy
- well kept and clean
- where the TV dinner was invented
- historically important jazz scene in North Omaha
- sizable military presence including the Offut Air Force Base
- many sports teams
- home of several colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and Creighton University





Orange County

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average roommate rent is $860

- along the southern California coast, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles
- more of a sprawling network of very tiny cities and bedroom communities than a typically-structured city
- very mild climate, some smog
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- commuting to Los Angeles to work is common
- several professional sports teams
- home to Disneyland
- home to California State University, Chapman University, Christ College Irvine, Pacific Christian College, Southern California College, and the University of California





Orlando

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average roommate rent is $650

- east central Florida, about 25 miles from the Atlantic Coast
- surrounded by many lakes
- high year-round humidity, summers are extremely warm, winters are mild with light rainfall
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- traffic can be very bad around tourist destinations
- much of the nation's citrus fruit is grown here
- diverse resort city, major tourist destination, which all started with Disneyworld
- newer major tourist destinations include Universal Studios Florida and Sea World
- several professional sports teams
- top-rated golf courses
- cost of living is reasonable for a city with so many entertainment options
- home to Rollins College and the University of Central Florida





Ottawa

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average roommate rent is $500

- capital of Canada
- along the Ottawa River at the Ontario-Quebec border
- cold and snowy in winter, warm in summer
- winter climate is more severe than most of eastern Canada due to the distance from water
- very clean city, with many parks surrounding it
- medium airline hub
- city has avoided skyscrapers in favor of a more stately, historic appearance including Gothic architecture
- home to Carleton University, College Dominicain de Philosophie, Saint Paul University, Universite du Quebec, and the University of Ottawa





Pensacola

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average roommate rent is $450

- western tip of the Florida Panhandle on Pensacola Bay, along the Gulf Coast
- Gulf of Mexico moderates the climate year-round
- white sand beaches are popular
- cost of living among the lowest in Florida
- considered both a beach city and a military town
- strong military presence with the Pensacola Naval Air Station, home of the Blue Angels
- home of the main campus of the University of West Florida





Philadelphia

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average roommate rent is $700

- 5th largest metro area in the United States
- located in southeastern Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, near the New Jersey border
- Appalachian Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east moderate extreme temperatures
- Schyukill River runs through the city
- some high humidity in summer, heavy snowfall every few years
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- trolley system
- multiple commuter rail hubs
- historically a very important port and manufacturing center
- more modern downtown is adjacent to a large historic district, including Independence Hall and the waterfront
- world-famous Philly cheesesteak sandwich originated here
- many major-league sports teams
- home to Delaware Valley College, Haverford College, Moore College of Art and Design, Penn State University Delaware, Penn State University Ogontz, Ursinus University, Valley Forge Christian College, American College, Beaver College, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Cheyney University, Eastern College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family College, La Salle University, Lincoln University, Neumann College, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Philadelphia College of Textiles, Rosemont College, Rutgers University, St. Joseph's University, Swarthmore College, The University of the ARts, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Hahnemann University, Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Rowan College of New Jersey, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and Widener University





Phoenix or Tempe

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average roommate rent is $600

- capital city, located in Arizona's Salt River Valley
- natural vegetation is sparse, as the terrain is mostly desert, but some tree and citrus growth
- typical desert climate, including low annual rainfall, low humidity, very long intensely hot summers, and mild winters
- highest average July temperature of any U.S. metro area, around 107 degrees, temps exceeding 120 degrees not uncommon
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- wealthy 'snowbirds' from colder parts of the country often spend winters in Phoenix, attracted to the mild winters and low - cost of living
- not as many arts and other cultural amenities as one might expect in a city this size
- many major-league sports teams
- home to American School of International Management, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Ottawa University, and Western International University





Pittsburgh

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average roommate rent is $550

- large city in west central Pennsylvania
- in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains
 -summers are warm and humid, winters are cool and variable, with intermittent freezing and thawing
 -50% chance of precipitation any given day, many days cloudy
- good public transportation, including a newer light-rail system

- tram from the central city
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- lower cost of living than one would expect given the excellent educational and entertainment possibilities
-  once a center for steel and coal, now more economically diversified
- historic and revitalized neighborhoods
- number of neighborhoods with unique personalities
- population is ethnically diverse
- a number of professional sports teams with legendary fan support and attractive, accessible venues
- numerous cultural assets, including world-class museums, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the large zoo
home to Penn State University Beaver, Penn State University Fayette, Penn State University McKeesport, Penn State University Kensington, Saint Vincent College, University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, California University, Carlow College, Chatham College, Geneva College, La Roche College, Point Park College, Robert Morris College, Seton Hill College, Washington and Jefferson College, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Slippery Rock University, and the University of Pittsburgh





Portland, Maine

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average roommate rent is $550

- small coastal city in southern Maine, on the Atlantic Coast at Casco Bay
- rugged coastline
- summers are pleasant, winters are severe with heavy snowfall
- ferries
- Amtrak
- small local airport
- Maine's largest city and cultural center
- shipping and commercial fishing dominate
- slow paced, small-town atmosphere
- home to Maine College of Art, Saint Joseph's College, and the University of Southern Maine





Portland, Oregon

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average roommate rent is $750

- large city in northwest Oregon, along the Columbia River and near the Washington border
- summers are mild and pleasant, winters are cloudy and rainy, sometimes sleeting
- good public transit with one of the nation's best light-rail systems and intercity rail service
- Amtrak
- medium-sized local airport
- skiing available nearby in the Oregon Cascades and Mount Hood
- mountain ranges visible from the city
- watersports popular on the Columbia River
- once linked primarily with wood products, now features a number of high-tech industries
- cost of living is moderate for a West Coast city
- no sales tax
- home to Western States Chiropractic College, Concordia College, Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, Reed College, University of Portland, Warner Pacific College, George Fox College, Oregon Institute of Science & Technology, Oregon Health Science University, Pacific University, and Portland State University





Providence

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average roommate rent is $600

- capital city, on the eastern edge of Rhode Island, at the head of Narragansett Bay
- large seaport, Providence river flows through the city
- summers are warm and foggy, winter storms are moderated by proximity to water, thunderstorms are common
- Amtrak
- small local airport
- atmosphere is generally easygoing, despite being the capital
- primary commercial, industrial, and residential area for the state
- considered a center of intellectualism and liberal thought
- more theater, classical music, and museums than most cities its size
- many cultural amenities, including proximity to Boston
- home to New England Institute of Technology, Roger Williams University, Bryant College, Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island





Raleigh or Durham or Chapel Hill

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average roommate rent is $650

- located in northeast North Carolina, 40 miles south of Virginia
- mild climate, very humid in summer, rainfall through most of the year
- medium-sized triad city complex, sometimes referred to as the Research Triangle
- Amtrak
- medium-sized local airport
- has historic roots in tobacco farming
- now an educational, intellectual, and high-tech center for the state
- significant cultural amenities, mostly related to nearby schools
- home to Peace College, Saint Augustine's College, Shaw University, Meredith College, North Carolina Central University, Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina





Reno

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average roommate rent is $550

- small city in western Nevada, 15 miles east of the California border
- near the northern shore of Lake Tahoe
- climate is hot, low humidity, lots of sunshine, winters are mild
- formerly known mostly for mining and gambling, has now expanded economically
- Amtrak
- medium-sized local airport
- national forest and world-class ski areas nearby
- lively downtown with casinos, but gambling not as dominant as in nearby Las Vegas
- home to Sierra Nevada College, and the University of Nevada





Richmond

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average roommate rent is $625

- capital city in east-central Virginia, along the James River and near the Blue Ridge Mountains
- very warm, humid summers, mild winters
- Amtrak
- small airline hub
- some residents commute to D.C. for work
- historic interest as the former capital of the Confederacy, museums and historic sites abound
- home to Randolph-Macon College, University of Richmond, Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Union University




Sacramento

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average roommate rent is $760

- capital city, in Northern California at the base of the Sierra Nevada
- summers are very hot, winters are mild but foggy
- very flat
- Amtrak
- medium-sized local airport
- appealing to many for its lower cost of living relative to other cities in California
- professional sports teams are popular
- home to California State University





Salem or Eugene

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average roommate rent is $450

- Salem is the state capital, both areas have a college town atmosphere
- westernmost metro area in the coterminous U.S. (not counting Alaska)
- 50 miles south of Portland
- extremely mild climate due to the Cascade Mountains in the east, the coastal ranges to the west, and the proximity of the Pacific Ocean
- Amtrak
- small airline hub
- historically an important lumber area
- low cost of living compared to rest of Oregon
- home to Western Baptist College, Western Oregon State College, Williamette University, and the University of Oregon





Salt Lake City

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average roommate rent is $475

- capital city in north-central Utah
- in the desert, surrounded by mountains
- features both long winters and very hot summers
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- skiing, rafting, and hiking are available in the nearby Wasatch Mountains
- Great Salt Lake is nearby
- Mormon culture is dominant, this is their headquarters
- conservative local policies on alcohol have inhibited nightlife
- home to Weber State University, Westminster College, and the University of Utah





San Antonio


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average roommate rent is $600

- located in south-central Texas
- summer heat is intense, but the winters are very pleasant
- thunderstorms common year round
- medium-sized local airport
- Amtrak
- 3rd largest city in Texas, decided Mexican influence
- home of the Alamo
- Paseo del Rio (River Walk) is popular for dancing, live music, and dining
- city has a laid-back character
- 4 Air Force facilities are nearby
- home to Texas Lutheran College, Incarnate Word College, Trinity University, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary's University, and the University of Texas Health Sciences





San Diego


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average roommate rent is $1100

- large city located along the southern Californian coast, about 20 miles north of Mexico
- climate is warm but generally pleasant year-round, with low humidity, some fog
- large local airport
- Amtrak
- economically diverse, with very expensive and inexpensive areas to live
- downtown features a waterfront area
- excellent boating and water recreation
- Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are famous worldwide
- home to California State University, Coleman University, National University, Point Loma Nazarene College, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego State University, U.S. International University, University of California, and the University of San Diego





San Francisco


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average roommate rent is $1500

- along a narrow peninsula of 43 hills
- extreme hilliness featuring elevations of nearly 1000 feet cause much local variability in fog, sunshine, and temperature
- can be extremely foggy
- really only 2 seasons, spring and fall - summers and winters are practically nonexistent
- very densely populated, producing a high cost of living, the highest in California
- excellent public transit system, including BART
- Amtrak
- trolley system
- commuter rail hub
- large airline hub
- features the continent's only cable car system
- arts and culture community here is large and exceptional
- one of the most ethnically diverse metros in the country
- many tourist attractions, including Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and the wine country in the north
- popular professional sports teams
- many botanical gardens and arboretums
- home to Menlo College, California College of Podiatric Medicine, College of Notre Dame, Dominican College of San Rafael, Lincoln University, New College of California, San Francisco Art Institute, California Institute of Integral Studies, Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, Savbrook Institute, University of California, and the University of San Francisco





San Jose


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average roommate rent is $1300

- large city on the south end of San Francisco Bay
- summers are clear, dry, and sunny, with some smog - winters are typically mild if rainy
- has been referred to as 'Silicon Valley' due to large amount of local high-tech manufacturing
- influx of educated workers from around the world, particularly Asia, have created a diverse culture
- multiple commuter rails, some commute to San Francisco
- home to Cogswell College, National Hispanic University, San Jose State University, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University





Santa Fe


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average roommate rent is $500

- capital city, in north-central New Mexico
- at approximately 7360 feet, the highest metro area in the US
- cool, dry, pleasant summers and crisp, clear, sunny winters
- medium-sized local airport
- near ski slopes
- crossroads of American Indian, Spanish, and European cultures
- major tourist destination
- architecture, lifestyle, and food are unique among American cities
- historic central city area, quite crowded in summer
- over 250 art galleries and museums
- many performing and visual artists move here
- many affluent retirees move here
- not a lot of industrial or commercial employment, many residents obtained money elsewhere, then moved to Santa Fe
home to College of Santa Fe and St. John's College





Seattle

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average roommate rent is $1200

- regional center, cosmopolitan city
- dramatic geographical setting, surrounded by mountain ranges and water
- on the east coast of Puget Sound, in west-central Washington
- climate is mild but cloudy most of the year, severe weather is rare
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- ferries
- contrary to public perception, Seattle features less precipitation than most cities in the East and Midwest
- bustling seaport, gateway to Alaska and the Yukon
- significant cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities
- has been named the most literate city in the country
- outstanding public library system
 -many more zoos/aquariums, botanical gardens/arboretums, classical music, professional theaters, and museums than the - national average
 -has an almost absurd number of coffeehouses
- skiing and snowboarding are popular in nearby mountains
 -multiple popular professional sports teams
 -no state income tax
- home to Cornish College of the Arts, Antioch University, Bastyr College, Seattle City University, University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, and Seattle University





Sioux Falls

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average roommate rent is $360

- in eastern South Dakota near the Iowa-Minnesota border
- state's largest city
- frequent weather changes, warm but not hot summers, winters often bring heavy snowfall
- center for banking and credit card industries, in part due to a lack of a state corporate income tax
- very clean city
- low crime rate
- ethnic diversity is low
- hosts the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival
- many large sporting events
- home of the University of Sioux Falls, University of South Dakota's Sanford School of Medicine, Stewart School, South Dakota Public Universities and Research Center, and the South Dakota School for the Deaf





Spokane

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average roommate rent is $400

- in far eastern Washington, near the Idaho border, on the Spokane River
- summers are mild, winters are harsh
- close to many rivers and lakes for water recreation
- ethnic diversity is low
- lots of outdoor and mountain recreation
- 100-acre Riverfront Park
- home to Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, and Washington State University Spokane
- thriving arts scene featuring many art walks
- hub of health care facilities in the Inland Northwest, including several public hospitals and the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center





St. Louis

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average roommate rent is $550

- large city, along the Missouri-Illinois border and the Mississippi River
- summers are very hot and humid, extreme temperatures in winter are rare
- large airline hub
- Amtrak
- cost of living is low for a large city
- many popular professional sports teams
- home to Deaconess College of Nursing, Harris-Stowe State University, McKendree College, Missouri Baptist College, Principia College, Fortbonne College, Lindenwood College, Maryville University, Parks College - Saint Louis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University, University of Missouri, Washington University, and Webster University





Syracuse

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average roommate rent is $500

- located along the Old Erie Canal
- both Oneida Lake and Lake Ontario are nearby
- severe winters, one of the greatest annual snowfalls in the country
- very low cost of living for New York state
- ethnically diverse, home of many immigrant communities
 -hosts several jazz festivals
- home to dozens of museums, including the Everson Museum of Art, featuring one of the the largest pottery collections in the United States
- home to several colleges and universities, including Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Hospital, Empire State College, and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry





Tacoma

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average roommate rent is $650

- medium-sized port city
- in west-central Washington at the south end of Puget Sound and the Seattle area
- climate is mild but cloudy most of the year, severe weather is rare
- many residents enjoy the proximity to Seattle, some commute there for work
- large airline hub (shared with Seattle)
- Amtrak
- home of shipping, paper, and lumber mill industries
- previously mostly industrial setting, now the site of recent downtown renewal
- no state income tax
- home to Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, and the University of Washington (Tacoma branch)





Tallahassee

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average roommate rent is $400

- capital city
- located in the middle of the Florida Panhandle, about 30 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and 20 miles from the Georgia border
- coldest place in Florida (but not cold by national standards)
- climate is very moist, summer is very hot and humid and frequently stormy, winter is very cloudy and rainy
- numerous lakes surround the area
- Amtrak
- home to Florida A&M University, and Florida State University





Tampa or Saint Petersburg

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average roommate rent is $400

- large city on the central Florida Gulf Coast at Tampa Bay
- summers are long, warm, and very humid with frequent thunderstorms - winters are mild
- Amtrak
- large airline hub
- economy features less emphasis on tourism than other coastal Florida cities
- amusement parks
- major-league professional sports are popular
- home to Eckerd College, Florida College, Saint Leo College, University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida





Toronto

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average roommate rent is $875

- world-class city and cosmopolitan center, capital of the province of Ontario
- on the northwest short of Lake Ontario
- largest city in Canada, with approximately 15% of the entire country's citizens
- summers are warm and humid, winters are cold, but extreme storms are rare, very little snow most winters
- commuter rail hub
- large airline hub
- Canada's industrial hub
- strong, diverse economy
- cost of living is the highest in the country
- modern, attractive, clean downtown with a unique waterfront
- many distinct neighborhoods with different histories and characters
- very low crime rate, especially for a city this large
- consistently rated an extremely livable city
- home to many public hospitals, including Mount Sinai Hospital, North York General Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, The Scarborough Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
- home of the Toronto Stock Exchange
- home to Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Ontario Institute, University of Toronto, and York University





Tucson

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average roommate rent is $450

- medium-sized city and college town
- located in south-central Arizona, on the Santa Cruz river, about 60 miles north of Mexico
- hot summers and mild winters typical of the desert, but with the high elevation moderating the desert heat in most of Arizona
- due to the desert climate and high elevation, the danger of sunburn here is greater than almost anywhere else in the country
- Amtrak
- medium-sized local airport
- attracts many retirees
- arts and culture community large for a city this size
- home to the University of Arizona





Tulsa

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average roommate rent is $400

- located in northeastern Oklahoma along the Arkansas River, at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains
- summers are hot, but humidity is low, winters are mild
- historical Native American presence
- second largest city in Oklahoma
- large oil industry presence
- modern downtown area with many parks and gardens and the 'Art Deco District'
- several dance, theater, and concert groups, including the Tulsa Opera, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Light Opera Oklahoma, the Tulsa Ballet, the Heller Theatre, and Theatre Tulsa
- home of the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
- hosts the Tulsa State Fair
- home of over 100 parks
- home of the University of Tulsa, Rogers State University, Tulsa Community College, and a few campuses of Oklahoma State University





Vancouver

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average roommate rent is $800

- commercial, financial, industrial and shipping center for western Canada
- on a narrow peninsula between the Fraser River, the Straight of Georgia, and Burrard Inlet
- downtown is set on a pretty natural harbor, with forest and mountains to the north
- some seasonal variation, but typically neither summers or winters are severe
- weather is generally regarded as the most pleasant in Canada
- trolleys
- commuter rail hub
- large airline hub
- number of historic districts, waterfront areas, and beaches
- considered one of the world's most attractive cities
- arts and entertainment options are many and varied
- cost of living is high
- home to Regent College, Trinity Western University, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia





Washington D.C. and surrounding beltway towns

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average roommate rent is $900

- nation's capital and political center
- along the Potomac River, inland from Chesapeake Bay, between southern Maryland and northern Virginia
- summers warm, humid and stormy, winters are relatively cold but not severe
- good public transport, commuter rail hub
- Amtrak
- socioeconomically quite mixed, with extremely expensive and lower-income neighborhoods not too far from one another
- severely large number of sites of historical interest
- home to Columbia Union College, Corcoran School of Art, Shepherd College, Bowie State University, Capitol College, Defense Intelligence College, Hood College, Mary Washington College, Marymount University, Mount Saint Mary's College, Mount Vernon College, Southeastern University, Trinity College, University of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, American University, Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, and the University of Maryland - College Park





Wichita

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average roommate rent is $360

- in south central Kansas along the Arkansas River
- largest city in Kansas
- wide range of weather year round
- diverse agricultural and industrial economy
- hosts the Wichita River Festival and the Tallgrass Film Festival
- cultural center for Kansas, featuring the Music Theatre of Wichita, the Wichita Grand Opera, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and the Wichita Art Museum
- home of several sports teams
- home of Wichita State University, Newman University, and Wichita Area Technical College





Winnipeg

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average roommate rent is $410

- medium-sized capital city
- in southeastern Manitoba at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers
- summers are pleasant, warm, and mostly dry
- winters are very severe - safety precautions must be taken - snow is possible every month except July
- serves as a transportation gateway and commercial center for a vast agricultural region
- medium airline hub
- clean city with modern parks, laid out to avoid urban congestion
- arts and cultural amenities among the best in Canada, including many museums and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
home to University of Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba





Worcester

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average roommate rent is $650

- small city, located near the center of Massachusetts, near the Rhode Island border
- rapid weather changes occur
- summers are fairly moderate, winters are moderate but with frequent cold snaps
- commuter rail to Boston
 -Amtrak
- recently revitalized downtown area
- many that need to live near Boston consider Worcester a lower-cost living solution
- home to Becker College, College of the Holy Cross, Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Nichols College, Worcester State College, Clark University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute





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