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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219 227
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

2
222 270
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

3
268 426
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

4
362 331
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Texas, USA

5
336 320
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado, USA

6
328 299
Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Wisconsin, USA

7
292 236
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

8
296 355
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Michigan, USA

9
145 240
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
140 202
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA

11
131 205
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added California, USA

12
139 252
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

13
106 201
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added California, USA

14
151 150
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Washington, USA

15
235 243
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas, USA

16
173 233
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oregon, USA

17
165 175
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

18
184 234
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
North Carolina, USA

19
75 181
Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

20
192 217
Athens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Georgia, USA

21
151 248
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Virginia, USA

22
80 191
Chico is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

23
67 180
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added California, USA

24
136 225
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Vermont, USA

25
154 194
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Missouri, USA

26
164 248
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa, USA

27
118 151
State College is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Pennsylvania, USA

28
78 79
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado, United States of America

29
140 249
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

30
114 165
New York is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

31
108 149
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ohio, USA

32
103 169
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Alabama, USA

33
110 217
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mississippi, USA

34
65 63
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

35
74 97
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Arizona, USA

36
86 120
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added

37
104 184
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Florida, USA

38
99 162
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tennessee, USA

39
93 135
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Indiana, USA

40
88 136
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added New York, USA

41
54 71
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added West Virginia, USA

42
45 63
Boone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added North Carolina, USA

43
73 105
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!
 

44
44 66
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Arizona, USA

45
49 93
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

46
41 45
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin, Texas, USA

47
39 91
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Silicon Valley, California, USA

48
86 154
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

49
63 120
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
South Carolina, USA

50
51 132
Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Alabama, USA