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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188 221
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added Santa Barbara California, USA

2
169 184
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

3
243 368
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

4
321 298
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

5
303 291
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

6
251 206
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

7
291 272
Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

8
127 198
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
121 171
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

10
269 322
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

11
112 179
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Santa Cruz California, USA

12
121 209
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

13
89 174
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added Laguna Beach California, USA

14
223 219
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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122 129
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

16
154 214
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

17
68 149
Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

18
135 162
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

19
73 163
Chico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

20
168 192
Athens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

21
135 222
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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61 149
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

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158 218
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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143 174
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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123 206
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

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151 225
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

27
61 60
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

28
90 144
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

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96 128
State College is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

30
97 194
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

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120 226
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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92 146
New York is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

33
61 81
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

34
48 49
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

35
84 129
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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73 104
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

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87 144
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

38
65 88
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

39
89 166
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

40
75 119
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

41
36 52
Boone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Boone North Carolina, USA

42
38 54
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Morgantown West Virginia, USA

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72 123
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

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30 30
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, USA

45
42 82
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

46
34 78
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

47
31 54
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

48
57 105
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA

49
79 143
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

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40 85
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
smellsrank added Chattanooga Tennessee, USA