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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222 229
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

2
227 272
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

3
366 333
Austin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Texas, USA

4
270 433
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

5
333 300
Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Wisconsin, USA

6
340 321
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado, USA

7
296 238
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

8
300 357
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Michigan, USA

9
146 244
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
141 204
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA

11
131 209
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added California, USA

12
140 256
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

13
107 203
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added California, USA

14
153 152
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Washington, USA

15
236 246
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas, USA

16
175 236
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oregon, USA

17
169 176
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

18
188 235
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
North Carolina, USA

19
196 219
Athens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Georgia, USA

20
76 184
Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

21
154 249
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Virginia, USA

22
81 194
Chico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

23
68 183
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added California, USA

24
137 226
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Vermont, USA

25
165 249
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa, USA

26
121 167
New York is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

27
155 196
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Missouri, USA

28
122 153
State College is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Pennsylvania, USA

29
144 250
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

30
79 80
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado, United States of America

31
110 152
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ohio, USA

32
112 219
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mississippi, USA

33
104 171
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Alabama, USA

34
66 66
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

35
75 100
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Arizona, USA

36
88 123
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added

37
95 137
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Indiana, USA

38
104 188
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Florida, USA

39
91 137
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added New York, USA

40
99 166
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tennessee, USA

41
54 74
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added West Virginia, USA

42
74 107
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!
 

43
45 65
Boone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added North Carolina, USA

44
45 68
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Arizona, USA

45
52 94
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

46
43 46
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin, Texas, USA

47
40 92
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Silicon Valley, California, USA

48
88 155
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

49
54 133
Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Alabama, USA

50
63 122
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
South Carolina, USA