TEMPE, AZ - Tempe is one of the nation's top best college towns, according to Liveability.com.
The Internet website posted its fifth annual listing Monday and said the home of Arizona State University "offers a big-city experience with all the amenities of a major metropolitan area mixed with a college-town atmosphere."
Tempe, Ariz. was ranked no. 5 in the top ten list.
The website touts the shops and bar-scene along Mill Avenue, nearby Sun Devil Stadium, ASU Gammage, Tempe Town Lake, and planty of bike paths and trails. The role ASU plays in Tempe's economy was also a factor.
Liveability.com said it took a football-themed approach when making its top 10 list looking at conferences, as well as see how likely recent graduates would want to stay in the area.
Liveability's Top 10 College Towns:
1: Ames, Iowa
2: Logan, Utah
3: Oxford, Ohio
4: Fayetteville, Arkansas
5: Tempe, Arizona
7: Champaign, Illinois
8: Moscow, Idaho
9: South Bend, Indiana
10: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Read more about Livability.com rankings, here .