Best Towns 2010: Salt Lake City, Utah

Runner Up: Best for Skiing (West)

Salt Lake City Skyline     Photo: Corbis

It's a decidely atypical ski town. But this is (mostly) a good thing, because in SLC (pop. 1,130,293) you can do things such as: get a job at a high-tech firm like eBay, Unisys, or 3M; afford a nice home (median price, $250K); see Jazz games; fly direct to Paris; or just head a half-hour up the canyons to Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton, four of the best ski resorts on the planet.

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