Northern Arizona University’s hometown of Flagstaff is one of five “great college towns” singled out in the May issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

“Nothing matches the vibe of a college town,” according to the magazine article titled “Attractions of a College Town,” which targets lifelong learners and retirees.

“Universities throw off an energy that infuses their communities with culture, creativity and a love of learning…We chose five great college towns that not only take full advantage of what the local university has to offer, but also stand on their own merits,” the article states.

The section on Flagstaff and NAU notes, “Though a sense of timelessness permeates Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College wield a strong influence on the town.”

The article mentions educational opportunities for lifelong learners in Flagstaff and cites NAU’s Elderhostel program in particular. The story further describes the cultural and community amenities of Flagstaff as well as its four-season climate and surrounding attractions.