Glenwood Springs has won another accolade in a national ranking of small towns, this one by Livability.com.
Praised for its “healthy lifestyle, temperate climate, good schools, great medical facilities ... vibrant cultural scene [and] amazing recreational opportunities, Glenwood was ranked sixth in the websites’ Top 10 Small Towns, 2014.
Livability editors said they analyzed 41 data points on micropolitan areas. Using metrics from Esri, they started by looking at cities with populations of less than 20,000, then dug into statistics including cost of living, health-care spending, racial and socioeconomic diversity, adult obesity, crime, civic engagement, air quality and natural amenities.
Editors then found out what visitors had to say about some of the top-ranking towns and what residents liked about living in them.
“Throughout the U.S., we’re seeing a resurgence of emphasis on downtowns in cities of all sizes,” said Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “It’s nice to see in the big cities, certainly, but it’s especially great to see these smaller towns not just holding their own, but also thriving.”
Editors cited Glenwood’s downtown boutique shops, restaurants, bookstores and the train depot, which they called “an important link to this town’s past and future as it brings in thousands of visitors each year.”
It’s another example of the rest of the country figuring out what a great place this is. In 2011, Rand McNally named Glenwood “Most Fun Town” in the country among the five best small towns.
So who else made the list?
The other nine, from 10th to first: Hailey, Idaho; Traverse City, Michigan; Heber City, Utah; Spearfish, South Dakota; Port Angeles, Washington; Hood River, Oregon; Lebanon, New Hampshire; Northfield, Minnesota; and Los Alamos, New Mexico. That’s where the atomic bomb was developed, if you’re into that sort of thing.