For the second consecutive year, State College, home of the Penn State Nittany Lions, has been ranked as the nation's No. 2 overall college town.

State College earned the No. 2 ranking in the 2010-11 College Destinations Index, compiled and announced by the American Institute for Economic Research. College towns were defined as having a population of 250,000 or fewer and at least 15,000 college students.

Earlier this year, State College was ranked No. 10 in Forbes.com's compilation of the nation's top college sports towns, earning its second straight Top 10 ranking from Forbes.com.

The American Institute for Economic Research determined its rankings for four population categories based on quality of life, academics and professional opportunities in the towns and their immediate areas.

The Top 10 college towns in the 2010-11 College Destination Index were: 1. Ithaca, N.Y., 2. State College, Pa.. 3. Iowa City, Iowa, 4. Ames, Iowa, 5. Champaign-Urbana, Ill., 6. Charlottesville, Va., 7. Corvallis, Ore., 8. Bloomington, Ind., 9. Lawrence, Kan. and 10. Logan, Utah.

The Centre Region has more than 75,000 residents and there are more than 42,000 Penn State students on the University Park campus for the fall semester.

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