For Immediate Release
September 14, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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Boston has been chosen one of the country’s top places to live in the third-annual crowdsourced contest held by Outside Magazine. Readers were asked to choose among more than 50 cities and towns listed on the magazine’s Facebook page during a three week period. More than than 21,000 votes were cast and readers ranked Boston number 8 as a perfect place to live. The only other major city to score higher was San Diego, ranked 7th.
Outside’s September 2013 issue quotes readers praising Boston for its small size, walkability, and athletic culture. Comments underscored the variety of offerings in the city:
- “Everything from jujitsu to boxing to CrossFit,”
- Huge amounts of open space in the city limits, “2,200 acres of parks,” and,
- Access to the great outdoors nearby with the Atlantic Ocean, Berkshires, and White Mountains.
Readers also remarked favorably on Boston’s job opportunities, food, and nightlife. Boston’s 6.4 percent unemployment rate was attributed in part to the “thriving financial district” and “abundant science and medical centers.” Readers also said the city’s immigrant history has led to a variety of cuisines to choose from. They added that entertainment options were plentiful, especially, athletic, “Everyone’s a fan of some sort, and the Boston Marathon is beyond a running event—it’s part of the city’s fabric.”
Outside Magazine contest respondents ranked Park City, Utah the number one “Perfect Place To Live” although one reader said most people can’t afford the community which has a median home price of $765,600. Major cities along with Boston which made the top 18 list but which ranked below Boston were Oklahoma City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
More details about the contest results can be found at the following link: http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/north-america/united-states/Best-Towns-2013-Boston-Massachusetts.html