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Old 05-10-2016, 08:57 AM
 
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Name all the college towns / small to mid-sized cities you can think of that have more going on for them than just the college life, making them suitable for adult families or young professionals. Or even those that are slowly, but surely, heading there (Fayetteville, AR maybe?). One or more for each state would be ideal.

Good examples I can name are Greenville SC, Tempe AZ or Knoxville, TN, but want to hear more
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Greenville isn't really a college town.

Columbia and Charleston and Spartanburg, and Birmingham.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:58 AM
 
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This confuses me. I thought college towns were towns dominated by the colleges? Anyway, Austin and Denton, Texas, seem nice and I've heard good things about College Station, Texas.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Raleigh NC
Columbia SC
Charleston SC
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:30 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Anytime that a college town grows past a certain size and especially if it's a state capital, the impact of the college life is diminished. I am not certain about what that size threshold is and whether or not it's more about the size of the city and the size of the college itself but I'd suspect that Columbia, SC might be a good threshold. Madison, WI and Tallahassee, FL might be other examples of that threshold. Austin, Columbus, Raleigh or other college towns/state capitals that are among the top 50 largest cities in the US would clearly not be dominated by their colleges. The other piece of data that is important is the size of the college or university. I would imagine that the we aren't talking about small colleges, rather ones that are tens of thousands of students.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:54 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Madison, WI
Davis, CA
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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I used to live in the Albuquerque area and it didn't seem to be dominated by college life.
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:50 PM
 
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Syracuse has more of a college town section. Perhaps cities such as Toledo, Kalamazoo, Akron, Dayton, Wichita, etc. are more in line with that set up as well.

Lansing/East Lansing fits the college town and state capital aspect mentioned earlier in the thread.
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Old 05-10-2016, 01:36 PM
 
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OP is going to have to narrow down the part of the country.

I chose a college town for retirement, and looked at many before I picked this community.

There really are plenty of these communities in America, so narrow your scope down for us, please!

(PS - My father was a professor at the U of A in Fayetteville AR. I do NOT recommend Fayetteville as a good place to live for anyone except hard core Southern Baptists. If that's not your cultural identity you will only be able to associate with about 5% of the population and would probably be miserable there. Yes, that's still true in 2016.)
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Old 05-10-2016, 01:36 PM
 
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Norman, OK.
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