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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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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA
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San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA
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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Missouri, USA
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Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added New York, USA
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Tucson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Arizona, USA
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Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tennessee, USA
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Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa, USA
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Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Arkansas, USA
Home of the Razorbacks!
 
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Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Florida, USA
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Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Indiana, USA
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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
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Tallahassee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
mick-tranor added Florida, USA
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Boone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added North Carolina, USA
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Amherst is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA
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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ryan Guy added Ohio, USA
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Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added West Virginia, USA
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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
RobLein added Nebraska, USA
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Monterey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA
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Tempe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
RobLein added Arizona, USA
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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
RobLein added Minnesota, USA
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Champaign is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Illinois, USA
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Clemson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
South Carolina, USA
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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA
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Annapolis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Maryland, United States of America
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Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Alabama, USA