PHOENIX -- Tempe's college scene and overall appeal has helped push the Phoenix suburb to a top-five finish among American college towns, based on a website's ratings.
Livability.com said Tempe, home to Arizona State University, combined a big-city experience with a college-town atmosphere. The ranking is based on shopping opportunities, an active nightlife, a diverse economy, recreational facilities and warm, sunny days, among many other factors.
The site also pointed out that ASU played a major role in the city's economy, providing more than 11,000 jobs, and is home to more than 60,000 students.
Two other western cities made the cut -- Moscow, Idaho (University of Idaho) came in at No. 8, and Logan, Utah (Utah State)finished second.
Ames, Iowa, which is home to Iowa State University, came in at No. 1.