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View Poll Results: What is the ideal size for a college town?
Small and very rural (example: Pullman WA) 5 11.90%
Small but near a city (example: Storrs CT) 10 23.81%
Small city/ big town (example: Eugene OR) 10 23.81%
Mid sized city (example: Tucson AZ) 11 26.19%
Large city (example: Minneapolis) 6 14.29%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-01-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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There is a huge variety of towns & cities that are home to public universities in the US. Some schools are in very rural areas hours from any city (like Washington State in Pullman or Mississippi State in Starkville), others are in the core of their state's largest cities (like Minnesota in Minneapolis or Washington in Seattle) Then you have the tweeners, small cities like Tuscaloosa AL or Athens GA which are 1 hour or less from a large city.

What is the best size for a college town/ city??? What was your college experience like and how did the size/ location of your college town influence it?
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Old 12-01-2009, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Tuscon has a larger population than Minneapolis.
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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I loved going to school at TA&M. College Station was not very big (about 70,000 people) but close to a large cosmopolitan city (Houston is about 90 miles East).
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Tiny dot on the map, very rural, far from any major city. The whole town revolves around the university. Think Upland, Indiana or Alma, Michigan.
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:58 PM
 
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Tiny dot on the map, very rural, far from any major city. The whole town revolves around the university. Think Upland, Indiana or Alma, Michigan.
Yes, I LOVE those kinds of college towns, where the entire town lives and breathes their local college. Other towns like this that I love:

Oxford, Mississippi
Hanover, New Hampshire
Boone, North Carolina
Middlebury, Vermont

While I adore the university where I currently work (the University of Tennessee) and even though U.T. sports dominate the local media, we're still a university with 28,000 students in a CSA of over 1 million. When the students go home for the summer, almost no one notices or cares.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I have a feeling we have different meanings of "very rural." The college town I went to was the size of Pullman, but I'm not sure I ever thought of it as "very rural."

To me I'm not sure any college town is "very rural", except maybe one of those in New England. Although looking it up Peru State College might be close as the town is smaller than the college and is in a majority-rural county. Hiram College is in the Akron metropolitan area, but Akron appears to be over 25 miles away and town itself has around a thousand people.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Hiram-Ohio.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Peru-Nebraska.html
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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I like an actual college town where the town revolves around the college. A size of 30-50k population seems about right. Being within an hour of a major city is a plus
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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I like an actual college town where the town revolves around the college. A size of 30-50k population seems about right. Being within an hour of a major city is a plus
To me, that is the DEFINITION of a college town. Boston and Philadelphia have multiple colleges in them, but they are not college towns. Seattle and Minneapolis have a huge universities in them, but they are not college towns. West Lafayette, Bloomington, State College, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Amherst, Chapel Hill, Tuscaloosa, Bryant Station, Iowa City, Urbana---now those are college towns.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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I have a feeling we have different meanings of "very rural." The college town I went to was the size of Pullman, but I'm not sure I ever thought of it as "very rural."

To me I'm not sure any college town is "very rural", except maybe one of those in New England. Although looking it up Peru State College might be close as the town is smaller than the college and is in a majority-rural county. Hiram College is in the Akron metropolitan area, but Akron appears to be over 25 miles away and town itself has around a thousand people.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Hiram-Ohio.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Peru-Nebraska.html
I can think of lots of them: Yellow Springs, OH, Morris, MN, Stevens Point, WI, Indiana, PA, Kirksville, MO, Plattsburgh, NY, Valdosta, GA...
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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I was born and raised in Iowa City, but moved away after college (3rd generation), and the older I get the more I absolutely respect being raised in that awesome and educational environment.

I'm obviously biased, but I loved growing up in an area that was SO wrapped around a major University. There was a ton of the cultural advantages, the fact the city is tied for #1 in the % of population with a college degree, low crime, very liberal/progressive, small enough there's no traffic, extremely low unemployment, respect, fun, etc.

When I was born around 1980 it was 30,000 students and 50,000 full time residents. That's increased now to 30,000 students and 100,000 residents. I actually appreciated the city more when it was smaller. Now that the area has grown more, it seems to be taking on a life of itself that's pushing the University to a smaller play in the day to day life.

I think really small areas than that have smaller colleges that aren't as "full blown" on everything a "College town" can offer, while huge college areas like Austin and Columbus can easily have the "college" factor drown out by the hundreds of thousands....or millions...of people who aren't dealing direclty with the College/University.

My thread on Iowa City pictures if anyone's bored or cares to take a look:


http://www.city-data.com/forum/iowa/...here-some.html
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