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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212 219
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

2
217 263
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

3
263 419
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

4
355 327
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Texas, USA

5
323 295
Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Wisconsin, USA

6
327 317
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Colorado, USA

7
284 232
Boston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

8
291 348
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Michigan, USA

9
141 233
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
135 196
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added California, USA

11
127 199
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added California, USA

12
135 243
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

13
102 196
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added California, USA

14
145 147
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Washington, USA

15
232 238
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas, USA

16
169 229
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oregon, USA

17
157 174
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

18
74 175
Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

19
80 185
Chico is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added California, USA

20
178 232
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
North Carolina, USA

21
150 244
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Virginia, USA

22
187 213
Athens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Georgia, USA

23
67 174
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added California, USA

24
134 221
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Vermont, USA

25
152 190
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Missouri, USA

26
162 244
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa, USA

27
113 145
State College is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Pennsylvania, USA

28
135 245
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

29
100 165
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Alabama, USA

30
106 213
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mississippi, USA

31
63 58
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

32
73 77
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado, United States of America

33
107 163
New York is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Contiguous United States, USA

34
73 93
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Arizona, USA

35
102 146
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ohio, USA

36
83 117
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added

37
96 160
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Tennessee, USA

38
92 133
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Indiana, USA

39
98 182
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Florida, USA

40
86 133
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added New York, USA

41
52 69
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added West Virginia, USA

42
44 61
Boone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added North Carolina, USA

43
71 104
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

44
42 65
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Arizona, USA

45
48 92
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
California, USA

46
38 90
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Silicon Valley, California, USA

47
38 44
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin, Texas, USA

48
85 153
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Massachusetts, USA

49
60 119
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
South Carolina, USA

50
50 131
Tuscaloosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Alabama, USA