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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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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194 206
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

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256 394
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

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337 317
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

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316 306
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

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268 223
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

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306 288
Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

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136 221
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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283 338
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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129 186
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

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121 191
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Santa Cruz California, USA

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130 230
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

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97 186
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added Laguna Beach California, USA

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138 142
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

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

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160 224
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

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74 165
Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

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145 169
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

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77 177
Chico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

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172 228
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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144 238
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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66 165
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

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178 206
Athens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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127 218
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

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148 186
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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156 239
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

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96 156
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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105 139
State College is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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67 71
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

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126 238
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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Oxford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

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100 157
New York is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

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57 55
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

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68 88
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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94 141
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

The Best Spring Break Destinations

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78 110
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

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92 152
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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95 175
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

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84 129
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

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78 128
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

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67 99
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

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46 63
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Morgantown West Virginia, USA

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

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37 60
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

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37 84
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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45 88
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

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58 113
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA

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81 150
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

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33 39
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, USA

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48 124
Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tuscaloosa Alabama, USA