The American Institute for Economic Research has produced a list of the best destination cities for college. In Oregon, Portland is number 5 in 'mid-sized metros' and Corvallis is number 7 in 'college towns.' Sadly, Eugene fails to make the list. Lets see, I started in Portland for my BA, went to Madison, WI for my MA, Ithaca, NY for my PhD, and then worked in Denver and and Corvallis. In this case correlation is definitely causality - places I have graced with my presence are now among the best destinations because of it.