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Old 05-07-2015, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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Eureka Springs, AR perhaps?
Eh, Eureka has some fine dining, but that's about it. It is more kitschy/touristy than cosmopolitan, IMO.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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Eh, Eureka has some fine dining, but that's about it. It is more kitschy/touristy than cosmopolitan, IMO.
Gotcha.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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What makes a place not a college town? Many of the suggestions have colleges in them.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:14 AM
 
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Some of these communities may fit as well: Rand McNally Blog
Recap - Best of the Road

Best of the Road by Rand McNally
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:22 AM
 
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What makes a place not a college town? Many of the suggestions have colleges in them.
I'm thinking where a college is a dominant presence in all or most aspects of a city/town. Think Boulder or Fort Collins for a couple of nearby examples.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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A town smaller than say 70,000 with a large university or college is going to be a "college town".

I don't consider several of the suggestions to be truly "small towns". Asheville proper is borderline, while I don't think Charleston SC qualifies as a "small town" in any way anymore.

Maybe 50k or less would be a better cut off.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:53 AM
 
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A town smaller than say 70,000 with a large university or college is going to be a "college town".

I don't consider several of the suggestions to be truly "small towns". Asheville proper is borderline, while I don't think Charleston SC qualifies as a "small town" in any way anymore.

Maybe 50k or less would be a better cut off.
So, would Ithaca which has 30,000 people, but parts of 2 college campuses within city limits count as a college town?
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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So, would Ithaca which has 30,000 people, but parts of 2 college campuses within city limits count as a college town?
Most definitely. I think a case can be made for many small college towns being "cosmopolitan" and having an unusual amount of amenities for their size.

I am looking for cities apart from that category.
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:07 AM
 
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Another small town that comes to mind: Cooperstown, NY Official Site - Vacation Guide to Cooperstown & Oneonta
Things To Do in Cooperstown, New York
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:46 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Taos New Mexico?
This tiny artsy town clearly has a cultural reputation that far exceeds its tiny population of less than 6000.
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