This article is basically just a sales script by Coldwell Banker. Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa, Miami -- college towns? These and most of the others are mega-metropolises! Hving lived in three of these places, the university is not really considered part of the community.
I spent '98-'00 in Gainesville, FL as a grad student and again in '04-'06 a working professional. UF is a big part of the community and a big employer (along with city government and health care). I enjoyed it but it's still a fairly large city, about 90K residents + 40K students. Traffic was pretty bad. Housing near the university was so-so and surrounded by student apartments. Very walkable near the university but relatively high crime and homelessness. Nice single-family neighborhoods about two miles from the university with prices starting at about $100K to $500K.
There's an abundance of apartments, so rents are not unreasonable. Due to all the graduating students and foreign students that will work for low wages, salaries are depressed. It's always an employer's job market in Gainesville.