Duluth and Minneapolis voted two of the three greatest places to live

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Outside Magazine praises Duluth for its 6,834 acres of city parkland, 178 miles of wooded trails, and 16 designated trout streams.
In Outside's new list of "The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America," the magazine's readers conclude there is no place greater than Duluth, Minnesota.

We're not sure we'd take Duluth over say, San Francisco, but then again, we're probably not quite as outdoorsy as Outside readers, who also voted Minneapolis as the third best place to live. (Number two honors go to Provo, Utah -- now we get what Tom Torkildson was talking about.)

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In addition to reader votes, Outside editors also created their own "O-Score" metric. Here's how that methodology works:
To develop our own Outside Score, we tapped a rocket scientist (seriously) to combine factors like number of outfitters, miles of trails, and number of bike shops--plus considerations like unemployment rates, median incomes, and, yes, an editors'-choice variable--into a single mathematical formula. The resulting O-Score is intended to summarize just how livable a place is, even if that differs from how readers voted. O-Scores are assigned on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being paradise and 0 being Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Kidding, Tulsa--we love you!)
Here's the full top 16, with each city's O-Score in parentheses, along with the total number of reader votes:

16. Montepelier, Vermont (74 O-Score -- 23,560 reader votes)
15. Houghton, Michigan (76 -- 26,353)
14. Nashville (77 -- 26,898)
13. Portland, Maine (88 -- 30,230)
12. Charleston, South Carolina (84 -- 32,178)
11. La Crosse (74 -- 35,394)
10. Boulder (91 -- 39,613)
9. Missoula (82 -- 40,530)
8. Louisville (73 -- 47,271)
7. Burlington, Vermont (83 -- 52,743)
6. Ashville (80 -- 70,665)
5. Ithaca (89 -- 86,418)
4. Anchorage (83 -- 86,601)
3. Minneapolis (81 -- 93,164)
2. Provo (80 -- 185,602)
1. Duluth (88 -- 221,350)

In its remarks about Minneapolis, Outside quotes a certain mountain biker and nordic skier named Steve Yore who says, "I can put a canoe in Brownie Lake a half-mile from my house and paddle over to Uptown's restaurants."

We're not so sure about that (this ain't Venice, after all), but here's one thing we do know -- Minnesotans really like to vote in contests that make our cities look good. For instance, remember when St. Paul was voted North America's most romantic city?

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Shelley A Garton
Shelley A Garton

I can't like this...why? Because this place should be top secret. Do not tell people how awesome it is, ferchristsakes!

Jeremy Shelton
Jeremy Shelton

kind of wonder what they used for reasons to live in these places...

Paul Gerst
Paul Gerst

Yes, by people who regularly enjoy dunking their genitals into ice water.

Jonathan Wilson
Jonathan Wilson

Is this the same as when everyone winks at each other and votes the handicapped girl as prom queen?

TJ ODonnell
TJ ODonnell

Who voted?!? People from Nebraska ?!?

Peter Graupp
Peter Graupp

Wanda Ortiz-Maysonet seriously who did they poll for this quiz? Eskimos?

Sonja JC Quix
Sonja JC Quix

Great! no everyone is going to move here...sigh

Corwin Kruse
Corwin Kruse

What's wrong with the weather? Better chilly than hot.

karen-beth
karen-beth

I take it you have never been to Minnesota Robin? The weather is not as bad as you might think. It is generally nice from March/April until November/December just like most of the country. Our three to four months of winter are extreme but that is the price we pay for the beauty that surrounds us. Apparently, we are not the only ones that think so...The spring here is beautiful and much appreciated after cold winters, the summers are perfect and fall is gorgeous.

Tabitha Fields
Tabitha Fields

I have never understood those polls. Who are they asking?

bingwald
bingwald

"Minnesotans really like to vote in contests that make our cities look good." This is how they work off their government assistance.

Judy Bruegger Jones
Judy Bruegger Jones

I don't see why ... I would try Duluth though. It may prove Superior

Jenn Calderone
Jenn Calderone

Not in my book after living there. The winters last forever with about 100 days, if that, of nice weather - no thanks!

Cynthia Boyd
Cynthia Boyd

Duluth is great to visit. But not a great place to live. so thankful we moved back to the city.

Ray Kelly
Ray Kelly

I have lived and worked in several other cities around the country, Minneapolis is hands down nicer than most all I've been to. Duluth is just plain cool, no other city like it.

Mary Jo Herkenhoff Cosio
Mary Jo Herkenhoff Cosio

Hey, hey now. We don't know what we have until we don't have it. If you have lived anywhere else, you will quickly realize all of the wonderful things MN has to offer that you don't have in the 'other' place. Yes, the winters are long, but, it's a great place to live!

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan

7 months of winter? 8 months? Let's see, the way I recon it, winter more or less starts half way through November and usually fades by mid April. That's about 5 months, and only about 2 of those are truly brutal. Sure Spring here can suck, but 40F isn't winter, sorry.

karen-beth
karen-beth

I know Michael, people on here are really off base with the whole weather thing...not sure where they get their info. but it definitely is not true.

Soroush Sotoudeh
Soroush Sotoudeh

haal kon bebin koja avordamet! :P :)))))))))) khkhkhkhkhkh

Greg Applekamp
Greg Applekamp

It's amazing how negative people are. There's no perfect place to live. Home is where you make it, after awhile the scenery becomes the same and you settle in. Be content. You could be living in a war torn country watching people around you including your family being killed. Winter and Mosquitos don't sound so terrible after all.

Jason Boyd
Jason Boyd

I'd have to go with Asheville and Boulder. And yeah... where's the tropical spots?

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