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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230 239
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

2
234 279
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

3
376 338
Austin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Texas, USA

4
273 444
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

5
349 324
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado, USA

6
341 307
Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Wisconsin, USA

7
306 246
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

8
308 367
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Michigan, USA

9
149 256
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
143 212
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA

11
134 213
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added California, USA

12
145 263
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

13
158 158
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Washington, USA

14
108 209
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added California, USA

15
176 180
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

16
240 251
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas, USA

17
179 240
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oregon, USA

18
193 240
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
North Carolina, USA

19
157 253
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Virginia, USA

20
203 223
Athens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Georgia, USA

21
78 190
Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

22
81 201
Chico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

23
70 189
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added California, USA

24
127 173
New York is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

25
141 231
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Vermont, USA

26
127 157
State College is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Pennsylvania, USA

27
168 255
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa, USA

28
157 200
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Missouri, USA

29
116 221
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mississippi, USA

30
146 257
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

31
108 174
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Alabama, USA

32
112 157
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ohio, USA

33
80 83
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado, United States of America

34
79 103
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Arizona, USA

35
68 72
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

36
95 141
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added New York, USA

37
92 127
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added

38
99 140
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Indiana, USA

39
104 169
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tennessee, USA

40
108 192
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Florida, USA

41
51 71
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Arizona, USA

42
78 110
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!
 

43
59 80
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added West Virginia, USA

44
47 69
Boone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added North Carolina, USA

45
54 97
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

46
46 50
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin, Texas, USA

47
48 100
Champaign is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Illinois, USA

48
42 96
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Silicon Valley, California, USA

49
91 160
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

50
58 139
Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Alabama, USA