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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
Elise Hennigan added Santa Barbara California, USA

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195 261
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

3
102 104
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

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222 199
Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

5
173 133
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

6
243 248
Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

7
232 236
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

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88 130
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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87 112
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

10
95 138
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

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216 264
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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81 128
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Santa Cruz California, USA

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192 164
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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68 117
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added Laguna Beach California, USA

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51 98
Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

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84 81
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

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48 109
Chico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

18
44 95
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

19
126 170
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

20
105 119
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

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120 130
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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130 187
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

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99 183
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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96 172
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

25
120 151
Athens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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116 186
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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70 107
New York is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

28
69 112
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

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69 89
State College is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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79 163
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

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94 192
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Washington, D.C. Contiguous United States, USA

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64 87
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

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36 55
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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47 58
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

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58 98
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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56 74
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

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35 38
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

38
73 141
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

39
29 49
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

40
12 25
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
RobLein added Las Vegas Nevada, USA

41
28 20
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

42
32 57
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

43
61 122
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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47 97
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

45
15 32
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

46
3 8
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA

47
62 118
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

48
26 62
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
smellsrank added Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

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42 82
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA

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16 37
Harrisonburg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Harrisonburg Harrisonburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, Virginia