Duluth Takes Title as America’s Best Town


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Minnesota has had good luck with its cities being named in the top cities around the country. Maybe it isn’t luck at all, but either way Duluth was named the best town in America by Outside magazine while Minneapolis was named third best. Although Duluth won the competition back in June, since Minnesota Connected didn’t cover the results, I had to brag about Minnesota a little bit more.

The 64-town bracket-style online poll allowed fans to vote for their towns while the publication also created its own score system weighing different facets such as bike trails, health and transit along with others.

This is the fourth crowd-sourced poll that Outside has compiled to rank America’s best towns.

In 2013, Minneapolis placed 12th, while Park City, Utah, earned the title. This year, Duluth beat Provo, Utah, by about 12,000 votes.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness thanked all those that remained positive and optimistic, citing a lot of change that the city has gone through in recent years.

“Do you think Duluth could have won this contest 20 years ago?” he asked via his Facebook.

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I say most likely no. I like Duluth and I love Minneapolis, so don’t color me too surprised that they made it to the top of the list. My slight edge might go to Minneapolis, but hey, it’s all good.

Other titles that Minnesota towns have enjoyed include Rogers, which was named Bloomberg Business Week’s best place to raise kids in 2013.

Recently, real estate brokerage ZipRealty named Minneapolis, specifically Delano public schools, as the best place to raise children.

It seems pretty clear that Minnesota is terrific all around.


Photo by: Jim Brekke



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Travis Bridell

Travis Bridell is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Journalism with a minor in Communication Studies. He subscribes to over a dozen different publications because he revels in hearing great stories and admiring his craft. Mostly, he likes to learn. A lifelong Minnesota resident, he has yet to leave the continental 48. Travis loves to play basketball and tennis, stream movies, play video games and listen to music (or go to shows). He aspires to write a book, he just isn’t sure what about. He also aspires to be Dikembe Mutombo, he just isn’t sure how.

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