30 Best College Towns in the US. Having school pride is one thing, but these cities go above and beyond in displaying their school colors. Campus life seems to seep into all aspects of these cool college towns. Whether you or a family member are looking for an alma mater or you just want to find a place to live that's perpetually hip, you could do worse than these university hot spots. From the balmy deep south to the chilly, snow-capped north, there's a city for you on this list, no matter what your educational or meteorological preferences may be. Here are the 30 best college towns in the United States!
A great college football team is obviously a large help when it comes to cities having school spirit. That's why you'll find SEC, Big 10, and Big 12 schools (the power football conferences) all over the list from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Aimes, Iowa, to Gainesville, Florida, and College Station, Texas. Many times, the college town is so small that the population of the school itself dwarfs the number of residents in the town. Thus, during the school year when classes are in session, the population of the area swells to two or three times the typical resident population! That means that these towns have little recourse other than to gear their services primarily at students.