Provo comes in 2nd in Outside Magazine's Best Town Competition (16 items)

Aug. 13, 2014

Readers of Outside Magazine had the opportunity to cast their vote in Outside's 2014 Best Towns Competition, and one of Utah's favorite towns, Provo, emerged as a finalist. Many Utahans love Provo for myriad reasons, and according to Outside Magazine's readers, it's the "excellent food scene, beautiful neighborhoods, and incredible access to the outdoors," that put it over the top.

According to Outside, the key factors in determining a winning town were things like "healthy eating options," "access to outdoor adventure," "unemployment rates" and livability.

See what other American towns made the top list, according to 1.5 million reader votes.

1 of 16. Duluth, Minnesota

According to Outside Magazine, the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and walkable neighborhoods are the attributes that push Duluth to the top of the list.

2 of 16. Provo, Utah

Outside makes note of the things that may seem "unusual" about Provo, such as the ice cream parlors' and candy stores' prominence over the bars or coffee shops. But natives (and Outside Magazine) know that those are the things that make Happy Valley a great place to live.

3 of 16. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Outside Magazine has found the ideal mix of outdoor and urban in the city of Minneapolis, with its plentiful lakes, trails and parks, all in the city limits.

4 of 16. Anchorage, Alaska

According to Outside, you must have a good reason to move to this northernmost U.S. cities., but if wilderness is what you're looking for, Anchorage is the place to be.

5 of 16. Ithaca, New York

Many migrate to Ithaca to get an education, with Ithaca College and Cornell University there, but according to Outside, it's the stunning creeks and waterfalls that keep the college students hooked on Ithaca.
1. Utah Health Policy Project
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 14, 2014

It's actually Outside Magazine (it was 'Outdoor' magazine in the initial headline).
But don't worry. Everyone makes that mistake. It's the 'Medicaid and Medicare" switch-up of glossy magazines.

2. LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT,
Aug. 18, 2014

on a 2nd note,
KSL reports today that Provo is the fastest growing City in Poverty in the entire Nation...