Tempe Named Most Popular College Town of 2021

Palm Walk at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus

Tempe is America’s most popular college town, according to Zillow.

Home to Arizona State University’s central campus, the vibrant city of Tempe boasts one of the largest populations of undergraduate and graduate college students among all cities analyzed in Zillow’s report, as well as one of the highest number of page views per rental listing.

Zillow’s second-most-popular college town is Claremont, California, home to The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven colleges, including Pomona College and Scripps College, followed by the University of Rhode Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island in third place.

In the report, Zillow analyzed thousands of ZIP codes within the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas to create a ranking of the site’s most popular U.S. cities, based on page-view traffic, available housing inventory, price appreciation, and other housing barometers that indicate consumer demand.

The most popular places on Zillow reflect a couple of trends we’ve been seeing throughout the pandemic. Notably, those who can now work remotely, at least occasionally, are exploring new opportunities in areas that offer relative affordability and year-round outdoor living. 

Read the full report here.

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