La Crosse named to Outside Magazine "Best Towns" list

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A western Wisconsin city is getting national recognition.
La Crosse is ranked one of the greatest places to live in the entire country by “Outside Magazine.”

Ask someone in La Crosse why they like the city. and they won’t hesitate to tell you.
“You can go to the top of the bluff and see all of the city it's just so beautiful, and that's what I l love most about it.” said Emilie Steingraeber, La Crosse.

“I think there's something for everyone here. There's so many different hiking and running trails and biking,” said Aubrey Williams, La Crosse.

“There's endless opportunities from biking to hiking and waters sports and all in between,” said Joe Dobbs, Dresbach, MN.
“Outside Magazine” was looking for the 16 Greatest Places to Live in America.
One point 5 million votes were cast in a six-round tournament of 64 different communities.
La Crosse received more than 35,000 votes, and ended up with a number 11 ranking.
“I think it's a great opportunity for La Crosse,” said Steingraeber.

“I don't think it's a huge surprise, because we experience all of the seasons here,” said Williams.

“It's just a very beautiful, unique place that really nothing like it anywhere else I've ever seen,” said Dobbs.

Mayor Tim Kabat said he thinks the natural resources and the people set La Crosse apart from other communities.
“It's really nice recognition and it's nice to see that other places are acknowledging what we have, because we do have such a special place,” said Kabat.
La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Dave Clements said he isn't surprised by the ranking.
“Whether you're a tourist or a resident there's so much here for people to do, and I think it's finally becoming known across the country,” said Clements.
Outside” also came up with its own O-Score using factors such as number of outfitters, number of bike shops and miles of trails.

Unemployment rates and median incomes were also considered.
La Crosse scored a 74 on a 0 to 100 scale.
“Outside Magazine” said the scores were meant to show how livable a place was, even it was different from the way readers voted.

Duluth, Minnesota, took the top the spot with more than 221,000 votes and an O-Score of 88.

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