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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242 246
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

2
243 286
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

3
388 364
Austin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Texas, USA

4
357 331
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado, USA

5
279 454
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

6
351 314
Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Wisconsin, USA

7
316 253
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

8
316 376
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Michigan, USA

9
155 265
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
140 218
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added California, USA

11
146 217
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA

12
165 165
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Washington, USA

13
152 270
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

14
242 259
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas, USA

15
183 181
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

16
110 216
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added California, USA

17
186 244
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oregon, USA

18
215 227
Athens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Georgia, USA

19
196 243
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
North Carolina, USA

20
160 257
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Virginia, USA

21
82 195
Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

22
84 209
Chico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

23
73 195
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added California, USA

24
132 178
New York is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

25
144 234
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Vermont, USA