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Old 12-13-2011, 04:21 AM
Location: Monterey, TN
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Small town Cookeville, TN. Also, Knoxville and Nashville.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:29 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I don't consider huge cities like Chicago and New York to be college towns. IMO, a college town is a small to medium sized city which has its entire "vibe" largely affected by a particular university. To some degree much of the city's economy revolves around the college/university. Using that criteria, some of my favorite college towns are:

Auburn, Alabama
Charlottesville, Virginia
Chapel Hill, NC
Athens, GA
Clemson, SC

I also like Nashville, TN and Austin, TX, but even those are a bit too large for me to consider them really college towns...
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:32 AM
Location: DFW
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Berkeley, CA
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:09 PM
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Idk...Cleveland is not exactly what I'd call a college town..no major city is for that matter. A college town to me is one who is essentially kept alive by the college, and often state capitals fit this pretty well. For me personally, I'd have to say I like Lexington, KY.. Columbia (MO), Champaign-Urbana, Columbus (although it is not solely driven by Ohio State), Rolla (MO), etc. Also am a big fan of Baton Rouge and Austin.
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