I don’t think people pay enough attention to the surrounding demographics of a college - IF that is important to them. Some are very happy living near/on campus and never going out into the community or rest of the state, and that’s fine too.
I went to school in Boulder and I’m sure everyone thinks “oh, that’s such a liberal place” and it mostly is. At the time, however, Colorado was a red state. That meant the state legislature was red, the media was just barely purple, the local politics were pretty conservative. My friend has a prof friend who is black and won’t live in Boulder (even now) because it doesn’t feel right to him - said he couldn’t get a decent black haircut in Boulder.
It was before the days of everything online, so the newspapers I read, the TV and radio I listened to, the people I talked to were more conservative than I expected. When I had an internship at the state capitol (only 45 minutes away), it was with a democrat who had absolutely NO power on any committee or input into the budget. Taught me a lot about fighting for my views, but having a little power might have been more fun.
Even in current times, the colleges and the college towns may be liberal and accepting, but the student should think about how much interaction he wants with state government, with newspapers and media, with businesses in the area for internships and co-ops. Are the state mask laws going to be acceptable? Drug laws? Gun laws?
I don’t think there is a perfect place or that students shouldn’t face a little adversity, but it is a factor to consider.