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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176 205
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Elise Hennigan added Santa Barbara California, USA

2
159 171
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

3
238 351
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

4
308 286
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

5
293 280
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

6
238 193
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

7
281 257
Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

8
121 183
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

9
116 159
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

10
257 311
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

11
107 171
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Santa Cruz California, USA

12
119 196
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

13
85 163
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added Laguna Beach California, USA

14
216 211
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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15
113 122
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

16
148 208
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

17
64 141
Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

18
69 153
Chico is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

19
127 155
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

20
59 137
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

21
162 182
Athens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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22
128 215
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

23
151 211
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

24
141 165
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

25
148 219
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

26
119 201
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

27
88 138
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

28
93 122
State College is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

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55 57
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

30
96 187
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

31
118 218
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

32
88 136
New York is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

33
45 42
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

34
57 76
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

35
72 98
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

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36
78 124
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

37
86 138
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

38
63 82
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

39
87 162
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

40
74 112
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

41
34 47
Boone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Boone North Carolina, USA

42
71 118
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

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35 49
Morgantown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Morgantown West Virginia, USA

44
40 77
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

45
32 74
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

46
29 51
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

47
25 26
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

48
40 81
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
smellsrank added Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

49
77 139
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

50
53 102
Clemson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Clemson South Carolina, USA