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Old 12-24-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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very interesting question.

when you eliminate college towns, what exactly do you have left? It's like these, by their nature, break the mold: they attract intellectuals, draw a diverse staff, add a research component with related high quality businesses in need of a highly educated work force, are famous for keeping a number of their grads after graduation, and build an infrastructure in a smaller community like you describe (100,000, away from metro area, stand alone).

In short, at a time when the job market and the global economy is hitched to our largest cities and metro areas, our college towns hold out an exception to the rule.

And there aren't many other exceptions. Resort towns located in beautiful recreational and/or scenery related settings are special places that may have 100,000 people, but they lack the intellectual and cosmopolitan aspects of college towns.

State capitals work somewhat, but really are limited...unless they are that rare combination of state capitol/flagship public university

Thus if my thinking is right (and I'm not saying it is), than why not a college town? Yes, there may be negatives due to the extensive connection between university and town, but I think they are far outweighed by the positives.

Which ones fit the population range you have in mind and are truly special places? I'd say:

Charlottesville
Lawrence, KS
Iowa City
Bloomington, IN
Ann Arbor (satellite city of metro Detroit; definitely place of its own)
Boulder (ditto...to Denver)
Chapel Hill (although Research Triangle is somewhat of its own metro)
Athens, GA
Eugene, OR

If you don't mind stepping up another 200,000 and admittedly to a higher level of urbanity, you can't beat Madison.
I think it is possible, as Utica is a city of about 58,000, but has a ballet company, the Stanley Center for the Arts, a Symphony Orchestra and other aspects to their Arts scene. It is a "diverse" city that has legit Black, White, Asian and Hispanic communities with a public school district that has a student enrollment that is 49% White, 29% Black, 14% Hispanic and 7% Asian. While it isn't a college town, they have Utica College, SUNY-IT, Hamilton College, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and a pretty big Community College either within or just outside of city limits.

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Old 12-24-2009, 05:38 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Asheville, NC
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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Good one....While UNC-Asheville is there, you don't think of it as a college town and has plenty of culture there.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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Harrisburg, PA would be another city that comes to mind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrisburg,_pa
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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Yeah Santa Barbara is beautiful, but you gotta be a milliionaire!!!!
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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Poughkeepsie, NY
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Midland, MI
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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savannah, georgia; charleston, south carolina, paducha, kentucky; jackson, tn
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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It might be a little too big, but Eugene Oregon gets my vote. Definitely has culture, outdoors, wackiness, beauty, and feels really small. Had a great time there for about three days.
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