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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243 254
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA
2
244 293
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added California, USA
3
393 370
Austin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Texas, USA
4
366 334
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado, USA
5
283 458
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA
6
358 317
Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Wisconsin, USA
7
322 259
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA
8
326 379
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Michigan, USA
9
158 271
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
10
148 222
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA
11
140 223
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added California, USA
12
171 168
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Washington, USA
13
153 276
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA
14
242 263
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas, USA
15
188 183
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA
16
110 221
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added California, USA
17
190 246
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oregon, USA
18
218 229
Athens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Georgia, USA
19
197 245
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
North Carolina, USA
20
162 260
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Virginia, USA
21
82 198
Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA
22
85 211
Chico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA
23
149 235
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Vermont, USA
24
73 198
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added California, USA
25
132 182
New York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA