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View Poll Results: Which of these would you still consider a "college town"?
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2 3.70%
Knoxville, Tennessee 1 1.85%
Morgantown, West Virginia 20 37.04%
Austin, Texas 19 35.19%
Tucson, Arizona 2 3.70%
Tallahassee, Florida 4 7.41%
None of the above 6 11.11%
Voters: 54. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-21-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Agreed. To me, true college towns revolve nearly 100% around their schools but I won't really take issue if someone refers to cities like Baton Rouge, Tallahassee, Columbia, Knoxville, Lexington, etc. as "college towns."
Me either. It's understandable why someone would call BR a college town.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:52 PM
 
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The term is obviously subjective. If someone said NYC they wouldn't be wrong technically, just by whatever version the listener might prefer. Of course some of the usage depends on context. Pullman is a college town in a broader sense than Greenwich Village.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Should have allowed multiple choices......
I think it's implied that you feel the cities larger than the one you selected would also apply. However, I feel like there's a big jump in sizes, but I'm not an expert in the population of some of these cities. After Austin (~2M people), the next largest is like half a million to 1M at the most, no?

I personally consider places like Austin and Columbus, OH to be the "biggest college towns" but mainly because they are so focused on their university compared to other large cities of similar size. For example, if a university got a new president or a new coach, it wouldn't automatically be top news in most 2M+ cities, but not in some of the "biggest college towns". This example applies moreso to Columbus, since I've lived there for 5 years, but can't really speak for Austin (only visited 3 times), though that was the vibe I got while there.

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Old 06-22-2017, 05:47 AM
 
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Morgantown and Tallahassee are college towns. Austin and Tucson are not college towns. The tough calls for me are places like Knoxville and Baton Rouge. Obviously their respective colleges have a huge impact on the city, but the cities are fairly large and not totally consumed by the college culture. I'd lean toward "no" for both of them.
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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No need for multiple choices. So if someone votes Morgantown is too large to be a college town, one can automatically assume that Ann Arbor and Austin are as well.
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Old 06-22-2017, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Almost all these places are cities that were once "college towns" that outgrew that status. Tucson is the best example. In 1950 it was nothing BUT a college town. These days, I tend to call any city that has a flagship type university in it that is over 250K as a "university city" rather than a college town.

Places like Tallahassee, Lincoln, NE, Eugene, OR are places that hover on the edge of college town/university city status.
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:42 AM
 
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I would never call Austin a college town. It's a metro of nearly 2,000,000 that happens to have a large school.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I would never call Austin a college town. It's a metro of nearly 2,000,000 that happens to have a large school.
Austin is another good example of the morphing of a "college town" into a "university city."

In 1960 Austin had a population of 160K. Travis county was 212 K. Probably could have been considered a college town back then.
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Old 06-22-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I think it's implied that you feel the cities larger than the one you selected would also apply. However, I feel like there's a big jump in sizes, but I'm not an expert in the population of some of these cities. After Austin (~2M people), the next largest is like half a million to 1M at the most, no?

I personally consider places like Austin and Columbus, OH to be the "biggest college towns" but mainly because they are so focused on their university compared to other large cities of similar size. For example, if a university got a new president or a new coach, it wouldn't automatically be top news in most 2M+ cities, but not in some of the "biggest college towns". This example applies moreso to Columbus, since I've lived there for 5 years, but can't really speak for Austin (only visited 3 times), though that was the vibe I got while there.
I think that has to do with the school more than population. Ohio and UT have very large fan bases while a school like Boise State does not.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:05 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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If the city is over 100K and/or if it's a state capital city, it's no longer a college town in my opinion.

When I think of college towns, I think of the following:
Corvallis
Charlottesville
Chapel Hill
Iowa City
Oxford
etc.
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