Columbia Named A Top U.S. College Town: 16 Reasons Why Mizzou's Home Is The Greatest

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via Mizzou Facebook
Columbia, Missouri is one of the best college towns in America! So says Livability.com, which has released its top ten list for college towns in the country -- ones that, the site says, appeal not only to potential students but also residents and businesses. After all, "a university's off-campus impact can also shape a town's character and keep people there for a lifetime," the ranking says.

Columbia got the No. 4, but we know that there are many reasons CoMo really could be No. 1 (and should Boulder really be considered a "college" town?!). The site mentions Mizzou's booming enrollment, some great restaurants and the heterogenous local community, which "retains an artsy vibe that is equal parts to college quirk, Midwestern culture and progressive innovation."

Here are RFT's top sixteen reasons why Columbia really is the best college town...compiled with the help of the many Mizzou grads on staff. Let us know your favorites we missed in the comments, y'all!

16. Shakespeare's Pizza

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via shakespeares.com

15. The Blue Note

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via Facebook / The Blue Note

14. True/False Film Festival

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via Facebook / True/False Film Fest

Continue for more reasons why Columbia is the best college town.


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yeags55
yeags55

To be fair, several college towns have their "famous" pizza joints, bars, burger places, dives, and cheap housing. The state parks, trails and winery are good things that are more particular to Columbia.


Travis Maurer
Travis Maurer

Because its the most violent city in the state? Or because their SWAT team shoots dogs in front of 7yo kids over less than a gram of marijuana?

minnie
minnie

Lazer Lanes on Grindstone Parkway- bowling, games, putt putt golf, basketball, lazer tag and more.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Number One reason - totally legal for women to go topless.

stanfordalan
stanfordalan

The cost of housing is cheap? I paid much, much less in St. Louis than I do in Columbia.

cutecute
cutecute

You left out Booches, Mugs Up, International Cafe, Flatbranch, and Ernies. 

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@stanfordalan , and in STL you'll get your apartment deposit back if undamaged. Most college towns that is rare.

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