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Old 01-24-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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on the list, I would pick Charlottesville.

Off the list:
Morgantown, WV
Burlington VT
Hanover, NH
Princeton, NJ
Annapolis, MD
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Madison.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Which of these 10 college towns/cities would you most want to live in?

1) Athens, Georgia
2) Boulder, Colorado
3) Madison, Wisconsin
4) Charlottesville, Virginia
5) Oxford, Mississippi
6) Chapel Hill, North Carolina
7) Raliegh, North Carolina
8) Eugene, Oregon
9) Austin, Texas
10) Knoxville, Tennessee

9) Austin, Texas
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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Ppf - I'm wondering what you have against Charlottesville. It seems like a beautiful town in a great setting.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Madison, WI. I had so much fun there I can't even remember

Otherwise, where I am now. Its a big city, but colleges galore.
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Old 01-25-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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Chapel Hill or Austin
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Madison
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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From your list ...

1. Madison
2. Charlottesville
3. Boulder
4. Eugene
5. Knoxville
6. Raleigh
7. Athens
8. Chapel Hill
9. Austin
10. Oxford

But in my top 10, I'd certainly find room for these college towns:

Athens, Ohio
Fort Collins, Colo.
Iowa City, Iowa
State College, Pa.
Oxford, Ohio
Princeton, N.J.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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To a large degree which you will like depends on the size of city you prefer, what weather you enjoy, and what your religious and political leanings are.

I love and adore Eugene.

I know someone who teaches in Oxford, MS who really enjoys living there.

I grew up in Bloomington, IN (IU) and still love it. It's gotten big but is still pretty.

I've since lived in the college towns of Ithaca NY (beautiful), Lawrence KS (comfortable and friendly), and Iowa City (ditto). I've also worked in some very small college towns that might not interest you due to their size, but I really enjoyed them.

I lived in Madison WI 2004-2005 (as an adult professional) and was miserable. I remembered visiting Madison in the late 1970s when it was fun and there were lots of unique stores, areas, and people, so was excited to move there. However, I found that Madison is now coasting on a reputation about 30 years old. Today it really is just a dirty, overpopulated city with an overabundance of corporate stores and people. Don't go there now, it's just depressing. And I'd say the same thing about Austin, TX. The uniqueness and college town atmosphere that used to characterize both of those cities is mostly a thing of the past.
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