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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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+ - 195 254
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

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+ - 101 99
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Diego California, USA

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+ - 220 197
Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

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+ - 171 128
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

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+ - 240 246
Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

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+ - 88 123
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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+ - 230 233
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

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+ - 86 110
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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+ - 94 133
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Los Angeles California, USA

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+ - 215 260
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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+ - 81 127
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Santa Cruz California, USA

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+ - 191 161
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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+ - 67 115
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Laguna Beach California, USA

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+ - 51 96
Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Davis California, USA

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+ - 83 80
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Seattle Washington, USA

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+ - 47 107
Chico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chico California, USA

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+ - 43 92
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Irvine California, USA

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+ - 103 114
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

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+ - 125 168
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

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+ - 120 126
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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+ - 130 184
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

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+ - 97 179
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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+ - 94 169
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

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+ - 117 150
Athens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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+ - 115 182
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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+ - 69 104
New York is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

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+ - 67 108
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Auburn Alabama, USA

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+ - 67 85
State College is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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+ - 78 157
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

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+ - 64 83
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

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+ - 91 189
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Washington, D.C. Contiguous United States, USA

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+ - 46 55
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

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+ - 35 54
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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+ - 34 35
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

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+ - 56 96
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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+ - 55 73
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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+ - 12 21
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Las Vegas Nevada, USA

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+ - 71 140
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

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+ - 28 47
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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+ - 32 55
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

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+ - 26 20
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Honolulu

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+ - 3 5
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA

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+ - 60 120
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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+ - 45 94
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ithaca New York, USA

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+ - 2 7
University of California, Berk... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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+ - 61 117
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

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+ - 25 60
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

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+ - 13 31
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tucson Arizona, USA

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+ - 42 79
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA