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America's Coolest College Towns

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

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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Ann Arbor

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    Colorado, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
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    Texas, Contiguous United States, Area code 512 More
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    California, Northern California, Contiguous United States More
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of ... More
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    often listed
    Charlottesville

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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    Chapel Hill

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    Boston

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    controversial
    Burlington

    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan Statistical Area, Chittenden ... More
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    Kansas City

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    Oxford

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    Washington, D.C.

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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    Midwestern United States, Contiguous United States, United States of ... More
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    Evanston

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    Washington, Western United States, Northwestern United States More
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    Area code 614, Ohio, United States, with Territories More
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    Gainesville

    Florida, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
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    Ithaca

    Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America More
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
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    Santa Barbara

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    Amherst

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    Tuscaloosa

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    Pennsylvania, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
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    Home of the Razorbacks! 
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    Durham

    United States, with Territories, Area code 984, North Carolina More
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    United States, with Territories, South Carolina, Anderson County More
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    New York

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    Chattanooga

    Area code 423, Tennessee, United States, with Territories More
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