I am in the process of deciding where to attend graduate school for CMT. I have essentially narrowed it down to two schools. Choice 1) pluses: top 10 overall, top in CM, lots of theorists minuses: midwest hell (I'm from the midwest, I desperately want to escape) Choice 2) pluses: top 10 overall, top 10 in CM, excellent city, strong in spintronics minuses: stronger in exp, prospective adviser not yet tenured So, my question is, would it be foolish to go to a school where I love the research/city over the "best school" for my field because of location? (Also, I have to keep in mind that there is only one group I'm really really excited about at choice 2 and it may not be there in a few years. Not that I'm expecting it to not be there, just considering worst case scenario) Any advice or experiences in a similar situation would be very helpful. Thanks!