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!
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    most listed
    Berkeley

    California, United States of America More
    80
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    ranked low on reranks
    San Luis Obispo

    California, United States of America More
    77
    added by: jschro1861
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    California, United States of America More
    77
    added by: elise
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    San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States of America More
    74
    added by: ttr12276
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    California, United States of America More
    72
    added by: ttr12276
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    California, United States of America More
    72
    added by: scary
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    the people's #1
    San Diego

    California, United States of America More
    71
    added by: ttr12276
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    ranked low on reranks
    Lawrence

    Kansas, United States of America More
    70
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    California, United States of America More
    70
    added by: beernbugs
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    California, United States of America More
    68
    added by: ttr12276
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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: junk3
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    Area code 608, Wisconsin, United States of America More
    64
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    Michigan, United States of America More
    61
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    Colorado, United States of America More
    60
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    Texas, United States of America More
    56
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    Kansas City

    Missouri, United States of America More
    55
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    Iowa, United States of America More
    55
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    Oregon, United States of America More
    49
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    Massachusetts, United States of America More
    48
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    Georgia, United States of America More
    46
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    Massachusetts, United States of America More
    43
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    Virginia, United States of America More
    43
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    North Carolina, United States of America More
    42
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    Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    42
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    Bloomington

    Indiana, United States of America More
    41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Oxford

    Mississippi, United States of America More
    41
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    Vermont, United States of America More
    41
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    Washington, United States of America More
    40
    added by: gman95125
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    Columbus

    Area code 614, Ohio, United States of America More
    39
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    Alabama, United States of America More
    39
    added by: jimmy_reynolds_jr
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    Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America More
    38
    added by: lizo
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    Massachusetts, United States of America More
    36
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    New York, United States of America More
    35
    added by: PeteBoyle
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    35
    added by: marcooch76
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    Florida, United States of America More
    35
  37. 37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Tuscaloosa

    Alabama, United States of America More
    31
  38. 38
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    Pennsylvania, United States of America More
    31
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    New York

    Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    30
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    ranked high on reranks
    Richmond

    Area code 804, Virginia, United States of America More
    30
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    new! San Jose

    Silicon Valley, California, United States of America More
    30
    added by: JosephAntonio
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    California, United States of America More
    30
    added by: JosephAntonio
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    Tennessee, United States of America More
    29
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    Illinois, United States of America More
    29
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    Honolulu

    27
    added by: beernbugs
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    South Carolina, United States of America More
    27
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    North Carolina, United States of America More
    27
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    Mangilao

    Guam More
    26
    added by: beernbugs
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