Livability.com Names the Top 10 Winter Cities

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From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve – when temperatures drop you can count on these 10 best winter cities to heat things up.

Livability.com names the top 10 winter cities.

Livability.com names the top 10 winter cities.

The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture.

As Old Man Winter rears his head and people in some cities are preparing to hibernate, the cities on the Livability.com Top 10 Winter Cities list are just starting to heat up.

Livability.com editors narrowed down the list of 500 cities to those with an average January temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Editors then looked at cities that adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even view it as a valuable commodity. The 10 best winter cities also ranked well for other livability factors such as ample outdoor recreational opportunities, arts and cultural offerings, affordable housing, and unemployment rates lower than the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” says Patrick Coleman, CEO of the Winter Cities Institute. “They find opportunities for innovation and improvement in services, building and product design. Winter cities embrace the winter season and have a winter culture. This extends to transportation, outdoor recreational opportunities, winter tourism and festivals, and appreciation for indoor arts and culture.”

The abundance and range of arctic activities in cities like Anchorage, AK, and Gillette, WY, certainly qualify, as do the history and cultural opportunities in Fargo, ND, and Lebanon, PA. From dogsledding to ice fishing to a bologna drop on New Year's Eve, these cities are proving that cold is the new cool.

Top 10 Winter Cities
1. Anchorage, AK
2. Fargo, ND
3. Bozeman, MT
4. Logan, UT
5. St. Cloud, MN
6. Saratoga Springs, NY
7. Bangor, ME
8. Spokane, WA
9. Lebanon, PA
10. Gillette, WY

About Livability.com: Livability.com is a national website showcasing more than 500 of America’s best places to live. Livability.com is a property of Journal Communications Inc.

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