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Old 09-26-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Chapel Hill, NC is a great college town though I am no fan of the University's sports teams.
It's a quintessential college town but is afforded the luxury of being part of the Research Triangle area along with Raleigh and Durham. So, essentially, while having its own identity as a college town you get all the benefits of having the nation's fastest growing metro at your doorstep, all the cultural offerings of the State Capital (Raleigh) and its sister city (Durham), and the high paying jobs in Research Triangle Park. You are also situated halfway, north to south, on the East Coast of the US and halfway, east to west, between the Appalachian Mountains and the Ocean.

Others that I have visited and really liked are Iowa City & Charlottesville, VA.

Some cities with major college presence that I do like but don't consider college towns because they are also state capitals are Raleigh, Austin and Madison. But, of the three, Madison comes close to being a college town because of its smaller size.

The worst college town I have ever visited was Lubbock Texas. Besides seeming completely desolate and isolated, it was pretty ugly and boring. I also heard that it had quite the gang/crime problem...though, to be fair, I didn't witness that. I was there for a weekend in September for a football game at Texas Tech.

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Old 09-26-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Of the ones I've been to:

BEST:
Austin, TX
Atlanta, GA (yes, you really can consider ATL a college town)
Nashville, TN
Bloomington, IN
New York, NY (it's not a college town, yet it's in many ways the ultimate college town)

DECENT:
Lexington, KY
Bowling Green, KY
Cincinnati, OH
Fort Worth, TX

WORST:
Knoxville, TN
Tuscaloosa, AL
Waco, TX
Washington, DC (the "snotty" vibe of it, really)
I know this is late, but Waco is not a college town.
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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I know this is late, but Waco is not a college town.
Did Baylor University move out of Waco??
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Did Baylor University move out of Waco??
Oh....so the definition of a college town is a city with a university in it??? A few reasons why I don't believe Waco is a college town:

1. Baylor isn't normally associated with Waco. Many believe its in Dallas or Houston.

2. The city does NOT revolve around Baylor. I35 is pretty much a barrier between the two.
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