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

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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

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

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

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

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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

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Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

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

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Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

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65 160
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

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Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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Athens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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

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

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Auburn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

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

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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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State College is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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New York is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

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

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

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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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

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Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

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Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

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Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Morgantown West Virginia, USA

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Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

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

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

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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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

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Tucson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

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University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, USA

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

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

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