Minneapolis and Duluth Battle for Best Town in Midwest


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Minneapolis and Duluth are fighting for the title of Best Town in the Midwest, part of Outside Magazine’s contest for America’s Best Place to Live.

Duluth is currently in the lead, beating out Minneapolis by more than 4,000 votes. The winner is chosen by voting done on Outside Magazine’s website.

The contest is a bracket-style competition that includes the Midwest, West, East and South. The preliminary rounds pit two towns from the same region against each other, with the final round deciding the best town of all the regions. Each round lasts for five days, and the final round will be a full week of voting. With 16 teams starting in the Midwest region, it’s quite a compliment for Minnesota to have the only two cities remaining. You can bet our state is pretty special.

Minneapolis beat out Houghton, Michigan, in the previous round while Duluth took down La Crosse, Wisconsin. Voting for the Midwest title is open through June 3.

Minneapolis skyline - matthew deery

The winner will compete against the Best Town in the West, either Provo, Utah, or Anchorage, Alaska. Other showdowns include Burlington, Vermont, vs. Ithaca, New York, in the East bracket and Louisville, Kentucky, vs. Asheville, North Carolina, in the South bracket.

The final winner of America’s Best Place to Live will be announced on June 15.

This is the fourth year that Outside Magazine has held the Best Towns contest, but the first year that readers got the chance to vote on the best town.


Photos via: Jim BrekkeMatthew Deery




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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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