Dr. Gumprecht is an assistant professor of geography at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire 03824.
THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TOWN*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2003 American Geographical Society
Volume 93, Issue 1, pages 51–80, January 2003
How to Cite
GUMPRECHT, B. (2003), THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TOWN. Geographical Review, 93: 51–80. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2003.tb00020.x
The author thanks John Hudson, Jo Lenardi, Peirce Lewis, John Lofland, Dave McBride, Bret Wallach, and Wilbur Zelinksy, and the Graham Foundation, which provided funding.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- college towns;
- higher education;
- United States;
- urban geography
ABSTRACT. With their unusual densities of young people, highly educated workforces, comparatively cosmopolitan populations, dominant institutions of higher education, and characteristic landscapes such as the campus, fraternity row, and college-oriented shopping district, college towns represent a unique type of urban place. This study identifies several basic differences between college towns and other types of cities, considers why the college town is largely an American phenomenon, distinguishes among types of college towns, and examines some of the characteristics that make them distinctive.