America's Coolest College Towns

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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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    California, USA

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    Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Berkeley California, USA

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    San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    San Diego California, USA

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    California, USA

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    San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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    Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Los Angeles California, USA

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    Colorado, USA

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    California, USA

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    Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Laguna Beach California, USA

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    Wisconsin, USA

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    Austin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Austin Texas, USA

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    Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Lawrence Kansas, USA

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    Michigan, USA

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    Boston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Boston Massachusetts, USA

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    California, USA

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    California, USA

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    Irvine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Irvine California, USA

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    Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Kansas City Missouri, USA

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    Oregon, USA

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    Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

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    Iowa, USA

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    Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Seattle Washington, USA

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    Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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    Vermont, USA

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    Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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    Athens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Athens Georgia, USA

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    Alabama, USA

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    New York is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    New York Contiguous United States, USA

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    Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Fayetteville Arkansas, USA Home of the Razorbacks! 

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    Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Bloomington Indiana, USA

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    Monterey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Monterey California, USA

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    Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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    Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Washington, D.C. Contiguous United States, USA

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    Oxford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Oxford Mississippi, USA

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    Pennsylvania, USA

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    San Jose is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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    Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

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    Columbus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Columbus Ohio, USA

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    Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns


    Gainesville Florida, USA

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    Massachusetts, USA

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    Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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    Ithaca New York, USA

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    Tennessee, USA

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    Tennessee, USA

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    South Carolina, USA

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    Tennessee, USA

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    Harrisonburg^! VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, Virginia, USA

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    Virginia, USA

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