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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 06-22-2017, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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I think a true college town is one where the main employer is the university, and most of the restaurants/retail would not be there if not for the university and students.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:16 PM
 
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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.
I wouldn't make the population threshold a hard and fast rule. Athens, GA is consolidated with its county and has a population over 100K but it's still very much a college town IMO.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:25 PM
 
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I don't understand all the votes for Morgantown. That's the quintessential college town in my opinion.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:35 PM
 
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I don't understand all the votes for Morgantown. That's the quintessential college town in my opinion.
The poll is asking which one is the college town. It's confusing because the actual subject of the topic is asking the opposite question. I'm hoping all the votes for Austin are due to that confusion.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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The poll is asking which one is the college town. It's confusing because the actual subject of the topic is asking the opposite question. I'm hoping all the votes for Austin are due to that confusion.
Whoops completely misread that. Thought the poll was asking which one is too big to be considered a college town hence my vote for Austin.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:39 PM
 
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Whoops completely misread that. Thought the poll was asking which one is too big to be considered a college town hence my vote for Austin.
I had the same confusion.
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Old 06-22-2017, 04:28 PM
 
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I don't think anything is too big really. The term "town" is used lightly. Due West, SC is technically a college town, as a college is the only thing in the town, but it has a population of 1,300. If Austin's pop is too high, that's too low.

I don't think it has anything to do with population, but rather how much the college adds to the city, is a part of the city, local pride and support, amount of bars and college social life, student housing, etc.

Some college towns are more quintessential than others, but I dont think you have to look like Morgantown, Clemson, Athens, Oxford, or Gainesville to be a "college town."
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Old 06-23-2017, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I wouldn't make the population threshold a hard and fast rule. Athens, GA is consolidated with its county and has a population over 100K but it's still very much a college town IMO.

This kind of why I use a threshold of about 250K. In a city of 250K or more, you can usually find parts of town that are not permeated with the college atmosphere. You can find other major employers besides the University and large neighborhoods of various types who don't ever work or access the university area in their daily routines.

The toughest ones to define are ones like Chapel Hill and Tempe which are college towns as such but part of a larger metro area that kind of waters down their ambience as a college town.
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Old 06-24-2017, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I wouldn't make the population threshold a hard and fast rule. Athens, GA is consolidated with its county and has a population over 100K but it's still very much a college town IMO.
Same with Denton, its definitely a college town. Without UNT and TWU we would just be another Lewisville.
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Old 06-24-2017, 10:58 PM
 
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The 15 people that think Austin is a "college town" should explain there rational.
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