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These are the 10 best community colleges in the country

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The biggest educator of college students in the United States is community colleges. In fact, 41 percent of all U.S. undergraduates study at a community college.

WalletHub ranked over 700 schools from the American Association of Community Colleges to find the 10 best institutions. The schools were evaluated on cost, educational outcome and career outcome. The top-ranking schools are mostly in rural locations, enroll small student bodies and have low student-to-teacher ratios.

Over half of the top 10 community colleges on Wallethub's list serve large Native American populations. Leech Lake Tribal College tops the list as the best community college and 88 percent of the study body identifies as Native American.

Commencement ceremony at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota.
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Commencement ceremony at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota.

Read on to see the 10 best community college in the country:

10. Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, South Dakota

Total enrollment: 1,559

9. Mesalands Community College

Tucumcari, New Mexico

Total enrollment: 697

8. Northern Oklahoma College 

Tonkawa, Oklahoma

Total enrollment: 4,909

7. Ilisagvik College

Barrow, Alaska

Total enrollment: 257

6. Aaniiih Nakoda College

Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Harlem, Montana

Total enrollment: 139

5. Blackfeet Community College

Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana

Total enrollment: 450

4. Stella and Charles Guttman Community College

New York City, New York

Total enrollment: 995

3. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Fennimore, Wisconsin

Total enrollment: 4,144

2. Cochise County Community College District

Cochise County, Arizona

Total enrollment: 15,000

1. Leech Lake Tribal College

Cass Lake, Minnesota

Total enrollment: 348

Community colleges educate some of the most under-served populations in the country. According to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), 56 percent of Native American college students, 53 percent of Black college students and 52 percent of Hispanic college students attend a community college.

As the cost of college continues to rise, initiatives for free community college have gained momentum across the country. In February, San Francisco became the first American city to offer free community college and in June, Tennessee became the first state to offer free community college.

Studies have found that investments in community college programs have positive effects on students and communities. Researchers from Economic Modeling Specialists International found that in 2012 alone, community colleges generated $806 billion in added income for the U.S. economy.

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