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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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154 166
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added Santa Barbara California, USA

2
219 308
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

3
130 136
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

4
259 228
Madison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

5
210 164
Boston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

6
271 267
Austin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

7
261 255
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

8
104 135
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

9
103 158
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
111 168
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

11
239 285
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

12
96 148
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Santa Cruz California, USA

13
77 140
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added Laguna Beach California, USA

14
206 186
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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99 97
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

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58 119
Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

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137 187
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

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119 134
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

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57 130
Chico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

20
49 115
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

21
130 145
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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140 164
Athens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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115 197
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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139 200
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

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136 195
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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107 183
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

27
82 121
New York is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

28
85 103
State College is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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66 82
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

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35 30
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

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43 45
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

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78 123
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

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106 205
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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74 110
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

35
85 174
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

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46 66
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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70 103
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

38
52 72
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

39
78 152
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

40
30 62
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

41
36 66
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

42
62 108
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

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71 131
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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70 124
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

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15 42
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
RobLein added Las Vegas Nevada, USA

46
14 13
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, USA

47
33 70
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
smellsrank added Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

48
21 42
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

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6 20
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA

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6 18
Fresno is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Séth Dåyton Carlöck added Fresno California, USA - California