Best Towns Tournament 2016 Results

We put together a bracket of our 64 favorite towns in the country. See how your pick stacked up.

Who will advance in the tournament? That’s up to you. Go to the Best Towns 2016 voting page to select your favorite towns. This year, we've organized the contest by the type of town—river, culture, beach, and mountain burgs will battle it out until there's one of each remaining. Then they'll face each other for the overall title. The first five rounds of voting will last five days each, starting on April 25, 2016 (12 a.m. EST). You may vote once per round per matchup. The winners will advance until only two towns remain (May 20, 2016). The winner will be the town with the most votes on May 27.

Round Six Results

(16) Billings, MT, defeats (1) Jackson, WY, with 73.28% of the vote: 10,496 to 3,828

Round Five Results

(1) Jackson, WY, defeats (1) Seattle, WA, with 59.84% of the vote: 12,508 to 8,394

(16) Billings, MT, defeats (11) Ludington, MI, with 50.53% of the vote: 22,059 to 21,599

Round Four Results

Mountain

(1) Jackson, WY, defeats (2) Steamboat Springs, CO, with 54.24% of the vote: 7,201 to 6,074

Culture

(1) Seattle, WA defeats (3) Taos, NM, with 57.78% of the vote: 6,000 to 4,385

Beach

(11) Ludington, MI defeats (16) Grand Marais, MN, with 51.01% of the vote: 13,346 to 12,816

River

(16) Billings, MT defeats (13) Bend, OR, with 53.56% of the vote: 5,780 to 5,012

Round Three Results

Mountain

(2) Steamboat Springs, CO, defeats (3) Durango, CO, with 50.45% of the vote: 4,469 to 4,389

(1) Jackson, WY, defeats (4) Sun Valley, ID, with 70.7% of the vote: 5,267 to 2,183

Culture

(1) Seattle, WA defeats (4) Denver, CO, with 53.17% of the vote: 4,239 to 3,734

(3) Taos, NM, defeats (7) Hanalei, HI with 57.46% of the vote: 3,580 to 2,650

Beach

(16) Grand Marais, MN defeats (12) Yachats, OR with 52.02% of the vote: 3,715 to 3,426

(11) Ludington, MI defeats (2) Bellingham, WA with 51.82% of the vote: 4,366 to 4,059

River

(6) Bend, OR defeats (7) Gunnison, CO with 54.6% of the vote: 3,880 to 3,226

(16) Billings, MT defeats (13) Boise, ID with 61.79% of the vote: 4,092 to 2,530

Round Two Results

Mountain

(2) Steamboat Springs, CO, defeats (7) Bishop, CA, with 75.1% of the vote: 8,168 to 2,708

(1) Jackson, WY, defeats (8) Sedona, AZ, with 66.72% of the vote: 7,607 to 3,795

(4) Sun Valley, ID, defeats (5) Tucson, AZ, with 66.68% of the vote: 6,799 to 3,397

(3) Durango, CO, defeats (6) Waterbury, VT, with 74.86% of the vote: 7,898 to 2,652

Culture

(3) Taos, NM, defeats (6) Aspen, CO, with 57.96% of the vote: 5,875 to 4,261

(4) Denver, CO defeats (5) Austin, TX, with 52.44% of the vote: 5,623 to 5,099

(7) Hanalei, HI defeats (2) Ojai, CA, with 68.28% of the vote:5,856 to 2,720

(1) Seattle, WA defeats (9) Savannah, GA with 68.42% of the vote: 7,125 to 3,289

Beach

(16) Grand Marais, MN defeats (9) Duxbury, MA with 59.33% of the vote: 5,475 to 3,753

(2) Bellingham, WA defeats (10) Ketchikan, AK with 53.53% of the vote: 4,677 to 4,060

(11) Ludington, MI defeats (3) Bayfield, WI with 53.38% of the vote: 5,766 to 5,036

(12) Yachats, OR defeats (4) Pacific Grove, CA with 52.68% of the vote: 4,167 to 3,743

River

(6) Bend, OR defeats (3) Salida, CO with 64.83% of the vote: 6,575 to 3,567

(8) Leavenworth, WA defeats (16) Billings, MT with 57.11% of the vote: 10,396 to 7,807

(7) Gunnison, CO defeats (2) Portland, OR with 50.63% of the vote: 5,259 to 5,129

(13) Boise, ID defeats (5) New Orleans, LA with 61.91% of the vote: 5,916 to 3,640


(16) Billings, MT vs. (8) Leavenworth, WA: We detected fraudulent votes in this competition and subtracted them from Leavenworth's total. After that adjustment, Billings is the victor—congratulations! 

Round One Results

Mountain

(1) Jackson, WY, defeats (16) Mammoth Lakes, CA, with 65.01% of the vote: 8,058 to 4,337

(8) Sedona, AZ, defeats (9) Marquette, MI, with 60.78% of the vote: 7,987 to 5,154

(5) Tucson, AZ, defeats (12) Jim Thorpe, PA, with 71.89% of the vote: 7,201 to 2,815 

(4) Sun Valley, ID, defeats (13) Salt Lake City, UT, with 63.19% of the vote: 6,711 to 3,910

(6) Waterbury, VT, defeats (11) Staunton, VA, with 69.64% of the vote: 6,165 to 2,688 

(3) Durango, CO, defeats (14) Waynesville, NC, with 78.67% of the vote: 9,104 to 2,468

(7) Bishop, CA, defeats (10) Talkeetna, AK, with 53.07% of the vote: 5,668 to 5,013

(2) Steamboat Springs, CO, defeats (15) Silver City, NM, with 79.61% of the vote: 8,513 to 2,180 

Culture

(1) Seattle, WA, defeats (16) Imperial Beach, CA, with 79.9% of the vote: 8,466 to 2,130

(9) Savannah, GA, defeats (8) Beacon, NY, with 74.95% of the vote: 7,440 to 2,487

(5) Austin, TX, defeats (12) Atlanta, GA, with 80.82% of the vote: 8,646 to 2,052

(4) Denver, CO, defeats (13) Chapel Hill, NC, with 68.84% of the vote: 7,700 to 3,485 

(6) Aspen, CO, defeats (11) Brunswick, ME, with 66.3% of the vote: 6,879 to 3,497

(3) Taos, NM, defeats (14) Amherst, MA, with 76.82% of the vote: 7,359 to 2,221

(7) Hanalei, HI, defeats (10) Princeton, NJ, with 79.56% of the vote: 7,265 to 1,867

(2) Ojai, CA, defeats (15) Cleveland, OH, with 78.02% of the vote: 7,049 to 1,986 

Beach

(16) Grand Marais, MN, defeats (1) Bolinas, CA, with 57.95% of the vote: 5,808 to 4,214

(9) Duxbury, MA, defeats (8) Miami, FL, with 50.27% of the vote: 4,115 to 4,070

(12) Yachats, OR, defeats (5) Los Angeles, CA, with 73.53% of the vote: 6,896 to 2,482

(4) Pacific Grove, CA, defeats (13) Islamorada, FL, with 54.55% of the vote: 4,744 to 3,953

(11) Ludington, MI, defeats (6) Cape May, NJ, with 65.05% of the vote: 7,676 to 4,124

(3) Bayfield, WI, defeats (14) Fairhope, AL, with 62.68% of the vote: 5,501 to 3,276

(10) Ketchikan, AK, defeats (7) Wilmington, NC, with 57.02% of the vote: 5,323 to 4,013

(2) Bellingham, WA, defeats (15) Milwaukee, WI, with 70.59% of the vote: 6,995 to 2,915

River 

(16) Billings, MT defeats (1) Livingston, MT, with 62.14% of the vote: 5,698 to 3,471

(8) Leavenworth, WA, defeats (9) Charlotte, NC, with 54.18% of the vote: 5,008 to 4,235

(5) New Orleans, LA, defeats (12) Nevada City, CA, with 63.41% of the vote: 5,897 to 3,403

(13) Boise, ID, defeats (4) Philipsburg, MT, with 70.33% of the vote: 6,202 to 2,617

(6) Bend, OR, defeats (11) St. Louis, MO, with 84% of the vote: 9,271 to 1,766

(3) Salida, CO, defeats (14) Milford, OH, with 78.91% of the vote: 7,002 to 1,871

(7) Gunnison, CO, defeats (10) Harper's Ferry, WV, with 66.21% of the vote: 6,430 to 3,282

(2) Portland, OR, defeats (15) Sioux Falls, SD, with 71.58% of the vote: 7,786 to 3,092

 

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