colleges America's Coolest College Towns  

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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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189 224
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added Santa Barbara California, USA

2
172 186
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

3
245 369
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

4
323 299
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

5
304 292
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

6
253 207
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

7
294 273
Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

8
128 200
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

9
270 325
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

10
121 174
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

11
113 181
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Santa Cruz California, USA

12
122 212
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

13
89 177
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added Laguna Beach California, USA

14
223 221
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

America's Coolest Ghost Towns

15
123 131
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

16
154 217
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

17
68 152
Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

18
136 163
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

19
73 166
Chico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

20
136 224
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

21
169 194
Athens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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61 152
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

23
160 219
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

24
125 207
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

25
144 176
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

26
151 227
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

27
90 146
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

28
61 63
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

The Most Beautiful Places In America

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96 130
State College is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

30
97 196
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

31
120 227
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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92 148
New York is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

33
62 82
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

34
48 50
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

35
84 130
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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73 106
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

37
88 145
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

38
66 89
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

39
89 168
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

40
75 121
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

41
36 53
Boone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Boone North Carolina, USA

42
38 55
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Morgantown West Virginia, USA

America's Coolest Cities

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72 124
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

44
35 79
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

45
31 31
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, USA

46
32 55
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

47
42 83
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

48
57 106
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA

49
79 144
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

50
40 86
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
smellsrank added Chattanooga Tennessee, USA