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List Rules Favorite US cities in which a significant portion of the population is made up of college students.

List of the best college towns and cities. These locations provide not just a great university giving students a world-class education, but also a fun and diverse environment that'd conducive to learning, building a community and personal network and, more generally, gaining life experience. (There's also some fun places to party in most of them. You know, if any college students you know are into that sort of thing.)

A college town can refer to any area where the population is considerably impacted, or even dominated, by a local college or university. Typically, this indicates an area that has a relatively low population compared to the number of students at a university. Large cities with a lot of university students - such as Boston or Philadelphia - do not typically count as "college towns" because of the overall number of cities counter-acting the influence of college students.

Towns that do have an overwhelmingly large number of college students tend to be impacted in familiar ways. Often, there will be additional bookstores, coffee shops, independent movie theaters, record stores and other businesses that appeal largely to a younger, academic demographic. Additionally, there will also be a surplus of bars and inexpensive restaurants. Rent prices also tend to be affected by the demand for housing in the area near to the university, or to public transportation leading to the university.

This list collects Ranker Community picks for the coolest, most fun college towns in the US. Vote up your favorites, and if the place where your favorite townies live isn't listed, make your own version of the list and add it on there!

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Santa Barbara California, USA

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Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Diego California, USA

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Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

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Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Santa Cruz California, USA

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Los Angeles California, USA

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Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Laguna Beach California, USA

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Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Davis California, USA

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Chico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chico California, USA

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Irvine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Irvine California, USA

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Eugene is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Seattle Washington, USA

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Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

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Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

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Athens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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Auburn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Auburn Alabama, USA

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Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

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State College is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

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New York is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

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Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks! 

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Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

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Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Washington, D.C. Contiguous United States, USA

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Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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Monterey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Las Vegas Nevada, USA

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Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Honolulu

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Tucson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tucson Arizona, USA

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Clemson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA

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Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ithaca New York, USA

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Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

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Amherst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

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University of Kentucky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky, USA

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Norman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Norman Oklahoma, USA