How You Picked Them

The towns Outside readers like best.

Chattanooga Footbridge

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Footbridge     Photo: London looks/Flickr

To select Outside's Best Town Ever—Chattanooga, Tennessee—we scoured our archives and pulled together the hundreds of great cities that have made the cut over the years, narrowing the list to ten that still had it all: culture, jobs, reasonable home prices, stress-free living, and proximity to the outdoors. Then we opened it up to you. All ten squared off on our Facebook page, where 21,975 of you voted for your favorite. Competition was fierce; Chattanooga nabbed it through a combination of votes and enthusiastic reader submissions. And because many of the finalists presented in these pages are no secret (we're looking at you, Boulder), we decided to highlight some next-big-thing alternatives, too.

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