Outside's Best Towns 2013

The best places to live in America


Park City in Photos

Take a glimpse inside the little rural paradise that has us head over heels in love.

The goal was simple: find America’s best place to be healthy. We wanted a town with ample trailheads, nearby adventure, great farmers’ markets, and, hopefully, a competitive gear-shop scene. To pick it we turned to you. In our third-annual crowdsourced contest, readers cast more than 21,000 votes online and raved about these 18 towns. All are amazing places, but one stood above the rest: Park City, Utah.

Picking the Winner
To find the best place to live well, we started with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual list of the country’s 50 healthiest cities, then added a few small and midsize active towns that the metro-centric pool overlooked. We called local runners, cyclists, climbers, and surfers to help narrow the finalists to ten places where it’s easy to eat healthy, find work, and quickly access great trails, beaches, and mountains. Then we put them up for a three-week vote on Facebook.

Greenville, South Carolina, made an impressive showing—the city of 60,000 had the most votes with 7,154—but for per capita excitement, no place was as passionate as Park City, which received two-thirds as many votes (5,179) as it has residents. We sent in two editors to scout it out, and they confirmed our suspicion: this is the place you want to live now.

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