America's Coolest College Towns All Places
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America's Coolest College Towns

List Criteria: 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!
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    Berkeley

    California, United States of America More
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    California, United States of America More
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    added by: elise
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    California, United States of America More
    76
    added by: jschro1861
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    San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States of America More
    75
    added by: ttr12276
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    California, United States of America More
    72
    added by: scary
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    California, United States of America More
    71
    added by: ttr12276
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    California, United States of America More
    70
    added by: beernbugs
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    California, United States of America More
    67
    added by: ttr12276
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    California, United States of America More
    66
    added by: ttr12276
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    California, United States of America More
    65
    added by: junk3
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    Lawrence

    Kansas, United States of America More
    62
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    the people's #1
    San Diego

    California, United States of America More
    61
    added by: ttr12276
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    Michigan, United States of America More
    61
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    Area code 608, Wisconsin, United States of America More
    61
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    Colorado, United States of America More
    58
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    Kansas City

    Missouri, United States of America More
    52
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    Texas, United States of America More
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    Iowa, United States of America More
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    Massachusetts, United States of America More
    45
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    Oregon, United States of America More
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    Massachusetts, United States of America More
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    Charlottesville

    Virginia, United States of America More
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    Burlington

    Vermont, United States of America More
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    Contiguous United States, United States of America More
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    Indiana, United States of America More
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    Georgia, United States of America More
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    Washington, United States of America More
    36
    added by: gman95125
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    North Carolina, United States of America More
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    Mississippi, United States of America More
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    Columbus

    Area code 614, Ohio, United States of America More
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    Alabama, United States of America More
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    added by: jimmy_reynolds_jr
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    Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America More
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    New York

    Contiguous United States, United States of America More
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    Florida, United States of America More
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    added by: marcooch76
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    New York, United States of America More
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    Tennessee, United States of America More
    29
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    Pennsylvania, United States of America More
    29
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    Massachusetts, United States of America More
    29
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    Illinois, United States of America More
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    South Carolina, United States of America More
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    North Carolina, United States of America More
    27
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    Area code 804, Virginia, United States of America More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tuscaloosa

    Alabama, United States of America More
    25
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    California, United States of America More
    21
    added by: JosephAntonio
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    new! San Jose

    Silicon Valley, California, United States of America More
    21
    added by: JosephAntonio
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    Honolulu

    17
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    Mangilao

    Guam More
    16
    added by: beernbugs
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