Our October 2, 2014 hour on the complicated calculations that go behind creating "Best City / Best Town" lists in magazines and urban living websites the world over lead many listeners to wonder where they could find some of these lists.
The answer? Right here!
*Important guest note: the Washington Post's Emily Badger made the very astute point that she's NEVER met anybody who used one of these list's to determine where they live.
- Madison, WI
- Rochester, MN
- Arlington Virginia
- Boulder Colorado
- Palo Alto California
- Berkeley California
- Santa Clara California
- Missoula Montana
- Boise Idaho
- Iowa City Iowa
- Boulder, Colorado (O-Score: 91)
- Ithaca, New York (O-Score: 89)
- Duluth, Minnesota (O-Score: 88) WINNER
- Portland, Maine (O-Score: 88)
- Charleston, South Carolina (O-Score: 84)
- Anchorage, Alaska (O-Score: 83)
- Burlington, Vermont (O-Score: 83)
- Missoula, Montana (O-Score: 82)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota (O-Score: 81)
- Provo, Utah (O-Score: 80) RUNNER-UP
- Asheville, North Carolina (O-Score: 80)
- Nashville, Tennessee (O-Score: 77)
- Houghton, Michigan (O-Score: 76)
- Montpelier, Vermont (O-Score: 74
- La Crosse, Wisconsin (O-Score: 74
- Louisville, Kentucky (O-score: 73)
- McKinney, Texas
- Maple Grove, Minn.
- Carmel, Ind.
- Castle Rock, Colo.
- Kirkland, Wash.
- Columbia & Ellicott City, Md.
- Clarkstown, N.Y.
- Ames, Iowa
- Rochester Hills, Mich.
- Reston, VA
Did the lists make a mistake? Did they leave out a favorite city or town, or include one that has no business being up there?