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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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195 270
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

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108 111
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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228 205
Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

5
180 140
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

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247 252
Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

7
239 238
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

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92 135
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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90 118
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

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222 266
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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97 148
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

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82 135
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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194 168
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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68 124
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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52 103
Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

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87 86
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

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51 114
Chico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

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129 174
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

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106 124
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

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44 102
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

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123 133
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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132 190
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

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103 187
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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125 154
Athens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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97 176
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

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119 188
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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73 113
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

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74 92
State College is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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73 113
New York is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

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80 165
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

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97 196
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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63 100
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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67 91
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

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38 57
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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48 59
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

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37 38
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

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74 142
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

38
57 77
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

39
13 26
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
RobLein added Las Vegas Nevada, USA

40
29 51
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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28 21
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

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32 58
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

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51 97
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

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63 122
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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16 32
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

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4 10
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

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27 62
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
smellsrank added Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

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63 119
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

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43 84
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA

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17 38
Harrisonburg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Harrisonburg Harrisonburg^! VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, Virginia, USA