LA CROSSE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Preply, an online learning platform, ranked UW-La Crosse as the fourth best small college town in the nation, out of 199 college towns included in the report. Yes, La Crosse.

To rank each college town, Preply compared them across three categories: affordability, social environment, and economic opportunity. Each category accounted for a third of the city’s overall ranking.

The score for affordability was calculated based on factors such as the cost of a meal at an inexpensive restaurant, the rent per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the city’s downtown and the cost of a beer.

In the social environment category, metrics like its percentage of foreign-born residents, parks per capita and crime rate are weighed, while in the economic opportunity category, positioning is based on factors such as the average monthly net salary and unemployment rate in the city.