Park City voted ‘Best Town in America’

A look down Main Street in Park City, Utah; photo courtesy of Flickr/thor_mark
A look down Main Street in Park City, Utah; photo courtesy of Flickr/thor_mark

Utah hamlet Park City was named “The Best Town in America” in the September issue of Outside magazine. Rising above the likes of Aspen and Telluride of Colorado, Park City combined the year-round active lifestyle, nearby wilderness, ecological responsibility and sustainability, and access to a nearby major city (Salt Lake City is just 30 minutes away) to secure the crown as the nation’s favorite town, according to author Kyle Dickman.

The poll is consistently one of the magazine’s most popular, receiving tens of thousands of reader votes and trending on many social media outlets. The small Utah town garnered 5,179 reader poll votes, according to the magazine, and launched a video campaign to support its cause, an effort kicked off by the Park City Chamber of Commerce.

But despite Park City’s top ranking, it’s not all gravy in the Utahan utopia. Living in the area is expensive, often 60 percent higher than the national average, according to Dickman. Add in a constant stream of tourists and the quick turnover of seasonal jobs, and living in America’s best town can be downright hectic at times. As Dickman puts it, “The real trick to being a Park City local is finding a way to stay.”

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