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Wherever you are in the world, imagine yourself here: a charming oasis with a unique identity shaped over time by an active youth culture and valued community traditions. Get involved, explore local hot spots, and discover your new home.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS

Located in the center of the United States, Lawrence is considered the “heartland” of America. Ranked a Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability, Lawrence encompasses all the excitement of a bustling city into a quaint small town. Visit one of the most scenic downtowns in America on Massachusetts Street and explore the thriving culinary and shopping scene. Along with offering a high quality of life, Lawrence welcomes all who come to visit.
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This artistic city is anything but ordinary. A place where entrepreneurs, creators, and small business owners unite, you’ll find bursting art spaces, local talent, and quaint international food markets all within an easy walk.

Favorite Coffee Shops
1900 BARKER
DECADE COFFEE & ESPRESSO
THE ROOST

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LAWRENCE, KS

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Picturesque brick shops and vast, green farmland make Lawrence’s unique character undeniable. Visit lush parks on the coast of the Kansas and Wakarusa rivers, or spend an afternoon experiencing art and history at the Watkins Museum of History. Bike or walk along a trail, or enjoy a fresh, farm-to-table meal.

Did You Know?

The Lawrence River Trail, located along the north bank of the Kansas River, has been called one of the top mountain bike trails in Kansas.

Top 10

BEST SMALL COLLEGE TOWNS
USA Today, 2016

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Lawrence’s strong economy is fostered by the agriculture, finance, and research industries as well as a strong education system. A town built around the University of Kansas, campus and community become one. In a friendly environment with a low cost of living, you’ll have everything you need right at home.

Did You Know?

The Lawrence Art Walk is an annual arts event where many local artists open their private home studios to the public.

Top 5

BEST SMALL PLACE FOR BUSINESS & CAREERS
Forbes, 2017

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

Modern and traditional blend seamlessly in the variety of trendy shops, cafés, and businesses in South Carolina’s capital city. Rich in history and natural beauty, Columbia preserves classic, local landmarks in the state’s bustling government center.
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Southern charm meets easy living in this friendly city of boutiques, bakeries, museums, and green spaces. Catch a ballet, or explore a riverfront boardwalk along the Broad, Saluda, and Congaree rivers. Feeling adventurous? Try Sweet Cream Company ice cream, with unique flavors like blueberry basil.

Must Try

Saluda’s
Café Strudel
Sweet Cream Co.

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DISTINCT FOOD DISTRICTS IN THE CITY OF COLUMBIA

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Find tranquil beauty in some of the tallest trees in the Eastern U.S., and spot wildlife along the shore of a 25-mile-long river trail. Enjoy watersports, an afternoon picnic, and botanical gardens in this city of outdoor adventures.

Did You Know?

The Riverbank Zoo and Garden is home to over 2,000 animals from around the world.

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THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF SUNNY DAYS IN COLUMBIA

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Lawrence’s strong economy is fostered by the agriculture, finance, and research industries as well as a strong education system. A town built around the University of Kansas, campus and community become one. In a friendly environment with a low cost of living, you’ll have everything you need right at home.

Did You Know?

Columbia, South Carolina is the #3 Best College Town (Livability, 2016)

Top 100

PLACES FOR BUSINESS AND CAREERS AND FOR JOB GROWTH
Forbes, 2016

AUBURN, ALABAMA

Unique experiences await you in a lively city filled with lakeside views and delicious, fresh cuisine. Experience outdoor living at its finest: play nine holes of golf on one of Alabama’s 100 courses or visit a state park with 696 acres of hiking and camping.
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In this bustling town filled with lots of pride, enjoy sweet tea, warm biscuits, and Southern food favorites with a hint of spice. Spend the afternoon under the shade of the oak trees in Chewacla State Park with your friends, or catch an evening jazz show.

Can't Miss

Acre Restaurant
Amsterdam Cafe
Crepe Myrtle

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Auburn lies near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and boasts both national forests and 16 parks, allowing for an active lifestyle for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit a classic general store, a nature reserve, or enjoy CityFest, Auburn’s free outdoor arts and entertainment festival.

Must See

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts
Davis Arboretum
Chewalca State Park

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FROM ATLANTA, THE LARGEST CITY IN THE SOUTHEAST

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Visit your favorite local places while traveling this friendly town on foot. A sports city with thriving traditions, enjoy an Auburn Tiger’s basketball game, which unites the entire town in cheer. Looking to make career connections? Auburn is known for its bio-science and technology industries.

Did You Know?

Auburn University employs about one fourth of the city’s total workforce.

#8

BEST PLACES FOR BUSINESS AND CAREER
Forbes, 2017