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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226 237
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

2
231 278
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

3
374 336
Austin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Texas, USA

4
272 439
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

5
345 323
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado, USA

6
338 305
Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Wisconsin, USA

7
301 245
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

8
304 363
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Michigan, USA

9
147 251
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
142 210
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA

11
131 213
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added California, USA

12
141 261
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

13
107 207
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added California, USA

14
240 249
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas, USA

15
154 156
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Washington, USA

16
177 238
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oregon, USA

17
171 180
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

18
192 238
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
North Carolina, USA

19
201 221
Athens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Georgia, USA

20
157 250
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Virginia, USA

21
77 187
Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

22
81 198
Chico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

23
69 187
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added California, USA

24
139 229
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Vermont, USA

25
125 155
State College is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Pennsylvania, USA

26
124 171
New York is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

27
167 252
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa, USA

28
156 198
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Missouri, USA

29
145 254
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

30
115 220
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mississippi, USA

31
107 173
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Alabama, USA

32
111 155
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ohio, USA

33
79 82
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado, United States of America

34
77 102
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Arizona, USA

35
67 70
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

36
90 126
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added

37
98 138
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Indiana, USA

38
103 168
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tennessee, USA

39
107 191
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Florida, USA

40
94 140
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added New York, USA

41
78 108
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!
 

42
59 78
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added West Virginia, USA

43
47 67
Boone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added North Carolina, USA

44
48 69
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Arizona, USA

45
52 96
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

46
45 49
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin, Texas, USA

47
90 158
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

48
58 136
Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Alabama, USA

49
40 96
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Silicon Valley, California, USA

50
65 126
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
South Carolina, USA