What would be the "real" college towns that are meant? Let me break it down by football conference at some of the NCAA Division 1-A level:
(Univ. of Indiana)
Iowa City, IA
(University of Iowa)
State College, PA (Penn State Univ.)
The rest are within or too close to larger metro areas where the university isn't the dominating feature of the community.
(Kansas State Univ.)
(Univ. of Missouri)
(Iowa State Univ.)
Lincoln, NE home of the one-time mighty Univ. of Nebraska Corn-Huskers is "border-line since it is also the state capitol. The rest are all within larger metro areas like Lawrence, KS
is too close to Kansas City, and Boulder is part of metro Denver.
(Oklahoma State Univ.)
College Station, TX
(Texas A&M Univ.)
(Texas Tech Univ.) is borderline since Lubbock is along with Amarillo one of two significantly sized metropolises in the Texas panhandle.
(Oklahoma Univ.) is likewise borderline due to its close proximity with Oklahoma City. Austin (Univ. of Texas) represents the largest college town in the Big-12.
(Washington State Univ.)
(Oregon State Univ.)
Seattle, the SF
Bay area, greater LA
, greater Phoenix and Tucson are all to big to qualify for this.
(Univ. of Alabama)
(Miss State Univ.)
(Univ of Arkansas) This is borderline due to the booming nature of NW
Arkansas (Bentonville nearby) with Wal-Mart.
Baton Rouge and LSU are too big for this.
(Univ. of Georgia)
(Univ. of Florida)
Lexington, KY (Kentucky Univ.) This one is borderline with Toyota being such a large employer in the area (Camry's are made in nearby Georgetown). The SEC east is in much larger town and areas like Knoxville, TN
, Columbia, SC
and Nashville, TN
Atlantic Coast Conference:
The only two qualifiers here is Blacksberg, VA, home of Virginaia Tech, and Charlottsville, VA home of the UVA Cavaliers. Everywhere else is just too big and can't qulify.
Mountain West Conference:
(Univ. of Wyoming)
Fort Collins, CO
(Colorado State Univ.) This however is borderline due to its proximity to metro-Denver. ABQ
, Fort Worth, Provo, Colorado Springs all are just too big to be "real" college towns.
Hopefully this college football geography lesson will help better understand what is meant by "real" college and if commercial air service is truly viable into any of them, I'd love to hear your comments along those lines. I think what really plays out is the terms size and isolation. Pullman, WA
represent two research universities (Waszu and Idaho) but have service nearby in LWS or up the road in GEG
or still a little further down in BOI
, but is none the less isolated. Provo, UT on the other hand fit this definition once upon a time and is 50 miles from SLC
. Could this warrant commercial air service into a town that has two schools (BYU
), with BYU
fast becoming a major research university and is as removed as it is from SLC
and the major DL
hub it has to offer?
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