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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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143 153
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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206 290
Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Berkeley California, USA

3
119 125
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Diego California, USA

4
196 153
Boston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boston Massachusetts, USA

5
243 219
Madison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Madison Wisconsin, USA

6
253 247
Boulder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Boulder Colorado, USA

7
258 262
Austin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Austin Texas, USA

8
99 125
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jschro1861 added San Luis Obispo California, USA

9
97 148
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

10
104 159
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Los Angeles California, USA

11
231 276
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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89 141
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Santa Cruz California, USA

13
72 133
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
scary added Laguna Beach California, USA

14
199 181
Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Lawrence Kansas, USA

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92 90
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
gman95125 added Seattle Washington, USA

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57 111
Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Davis California, USA

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133 180
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Eugene Oregon, USA

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56 122
Chico is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
ttr12276 added Chico California, USA

19
48 108
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
junk3 added Irvine California, USA

20
111 130
Cambridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Cambridge Massachusetts, USA

21
127 139
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Kansas City Missouri, USA

22
135 196
Iowa City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Iowa City Iowa, USA

23
107 195
Charlottesville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Charlottesville Virginia, USA

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129 160
Athens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Athens Georgia, USA

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101 181
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Burlington Vermont, USA

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83 97
State College is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
State College Pennsylvania, USA

27
125 192
Chapel Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill North Carolina, USA

28
78 117
New York is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
New York Contiguous United States, USA

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31 24
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Honolulu

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75 118
Auburn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
jimmy_reynolds_jr added Auburn Alabama, USA

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62 79
Portland Oregon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
marcooch76 added Portland Oregon

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39 41
Colorado Springs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
zxray added Colorado Springs Colorado, United States of America

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101 202
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list America's Coolest College Towns

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67 103
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Columbus Ohio, USA

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43 61
Flagstaff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
beernbugs added Flagstaff Arizona, USA

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82 170
Oxford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Oxford Mississippi, USA

37
70 97
Bloomington is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Bloomington Indiana, USA

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50 66
Fayetteville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
nwathumper added Fayetteville Arkansas, USA - Home of the Razorbacks!  

39
76 145
Gainesville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Gainesville Florida, USA

40
30 57
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

41
35 61
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Monterey California, USA

42
15 35
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
RobLein added Las Vegas Nevada, USA

43
67 125
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Knoxville Tennessee, USA

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55 102
Ithaca is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
PeteBoyle added Ithaca New York, USA

45
20 35
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Mike Filliben added Tucson Arizona, USA

46
30 64
Chattanooga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
smellsrank added Chattanooga Tennessee, USA

47
5 15
University of California, Los ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, USA

48
6 13
Fresno is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Séth Dåyton Carlöck added Fresno California, USA - California

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66 121
Amherst is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
Amherst Massachusetts, USA

50
9 8
University of Texas at Austin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list America's Coolest College Towns
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas, USA