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America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.
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Keith Bedford / Reuters

Judging by the lines at Target, it's back-to-school time in America. Amid the runs on No. 2 pencils and twin XL sheets, the last week in August brings the seasonal influx of students back to college towns — but which cities and metros feel this movement the most?

To find out where these students are concentrated, my colleague Kevin Stolarick, research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, crunched U.S. Census Bureau figures on people age 15 and above enrolled in private college, public college or graduate school based on data from the 2010 American Community Survey. The MPI's Zara Matheson mapped these numbers.