You would think that there would be more towns in the United States with the word “university” in their names, but there are only 9 of them. All states have state universities, but they have not inspired towns to develop near them that incorporate their names. There are far more “Union” towns in the United States. Pennsylvania has lots of them. What does this say? Are unions stronger than universities? Very doubtful. In all of the United States there are only 2 University Cities.
One University City is in the Saint Louis area. I know it well because I taught in its schools. It does indeed have a university close to it. It is called Washington University, and it has a national reputation for excellence. University City is one of the older suburbs of St. Louis and a ring community. The other University City is in the San Diego area of California. About 61,500 people currently live there, and it is described as a quiet, little community. It has a mix of residences, commercial areas, and a Mormon Temple.
There are 4 University Parks in the USA. They are in Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, and Texas; and almost 40,000 people live in them. The University Park in Texas is in the Dallas area. The one in Maryland is close to Baltimore and Washington DC and the University of Maryland. The University Park in New Mexico is just south of the city of Las Cruses and not too far from El Paso, Texas. The Illinois University Park is way south of The Loop and barely in the Chicago area.
There is a town called University Gardens on Long Island not too far from New York City. About 4,200 people live there. The only other university towns in the entire US are University Heights in Ohio in the Cleveland area and University Place in the state of Washington. That’s it!
There are 2 international university towns, however. There are truly only 2 towns in the whole world with the word university in their name. They are in Mexico and Costa Rica. The world’s first university was in the city of Fez in Morocco. It was founded by a woman.