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View Poll Results: Best College town?
Bloomington Indiana 3 4.05%
Columbus Ohio 4 5.41%
Madison Wisconsin 12 16.22%
Morgantown West Virginia 1 1.35%
Austin Texas 8 10.81%
Boston 13 17.57%
Ann Arbor Michigan 4 5.41%
Athens Georgia 6 8.11%
Ithaca NY 2 2.70%
Other (specify) 21 28.38%
Voters: 74. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-10-2008, 10:33 PM
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Having lived in Champaign-Urbana, IL for seven years, I'd say, yes, great for undergrads, maybe even grad students. As I was never a student there, it lacked a certain "something" for me.
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:40 PM
 
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:45 PM
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Madison is more than a college town as well. Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin and has a lot of government employees. It is also, IMO, over-rated.
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:46 PM
 
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Default Athens, Georgia

The University of Georgia was established there first and then came the town. Athens developed around the University. Everything in Athens is about The University. You step out the front gate of UGA and you're in downtown Athens where restaurants and places to get a drink are plentiful.

Athens definitely ROCKS!

GO DAWGS!
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:51 PM
 
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Madison is more than a college town as well. Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin and has a lot of government employees. It is also, IMO, over-rated.
It sounds as if you're familiar with Madison. I'm curious because I wasn't sure whether to include it in the separate category I suggested for larger cities. It's smaller than any of the three I did mention but significantly larger than any other city in the poll. The possibility that Madison belongs in a separate category for larger cities occurred to me. If you're familiar with Madison and say it does belong in that category, that works for me.

I'm also curious about why you consider Madison overrated. The reason I ask is that this city seems to be a perpetual resident of best-places-to-live rankings. However, someone's personal experience can often tell a lot about a place that can't be captured by the statistics the magazines gather for those rankings.
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:58 PM
 
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Having lived in Champaign-Urbana, IL for seven years, I'd say, yes, great for undergrads, maybe even grad students. As I was never a student there, it lacked a certain "something" for me.

This raises an interesting question: Are people rating college towns on the basis of the experience they offer to the typical student, or do some users' ratings reflect the quality of a college town as a place for those of more mature years to settle down for the long haul?
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:15 AM
 
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During the school year, Boston has something like 500,000 college students.

Plus, Boston's a pretty cool place.
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:21 AM
 
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I'm also curious about why you consider Madison overrated. The reason I ask is that this city seems to be a perpetual resident of best-places-to-live rankings. However, someone's personal experience can often tell a lot about a place that can't be captured by the statistics the magazines gather for those rankings.
I kind of agree with the "over-rated" statement in a way.

I grew up in WI, and Madison is a nice place, but the thing is: people who read about it on "best-places-to-live" lists tend to have unrealistic expectations for the city. It is a cool place, but it's not nearly as perfect as it's made out to be. And it may be liberal/progressive, but it's still Wisconsin (WI tends to have a very...different culture from the rest of the country, one that might rub non-natives the wrong way).
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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lack of Chapel Hill makes this topic fail.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:58 PM
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I kind of agree with the "over-rated" statement in a way.

I grew up in WI, and Madison is a nice place, but the thing is: people who read about it on "best-places-to-live" lists tend to have unrealistic expectations for the city. It is a cool place, but it's not nearly as perfect as it's made out to be. And it may be liberal/progressive, but it's still Wisconsin (WI tends to have a very...different culture from the rest of the country, one that might rub non-natives the wrong way).
Hi! I"ve been at work all day and couldn't find time to sneak off and post, lol. The above is pretty much my opinon of Madison as well. Some of that may be from living in Champaign. There is this intense rivalry between Ill and WI, and they call "us" FIBs (middle word is Illinois) we call them cheeseheads. But no place can be that great.

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