14. Eugene, Oregon
With more than 20,000 Mighty Ducks seeking a degree from the University of Oregon, there’s no doubt that much in Eugene revolves around collegiate sports. The university is well regarded for its excellence in academic offerings, with dozens of baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctoral programs. Eugene is an art lover’s dream with several galleries and impromptu street side musical performances. With 150,000 residents, there are ample dining, bars, and affordable housing.