Magazine says Garfield County a great place to live |

Magazine says Garfield County a great place to live

Garfield County is one of the best places to live in the rural American West. That, at least, is the opinion of the editors of The Progressive Farmer magazine. The magazine announced its Top Ten Best Places to Live in Rural America last week. Published in Birmingham, Ala., it has a circulation of 1 million subscribers, and is aimed at both commercial farmers and the growing numbers of folks who’ve given up the big city for country living.While Garfield County was not among the top 10 for rural America, it made No. 2 in the top 10 counties in the West. No. 1 was its neighbor to the east, Eagle County, which also scored No. 9 on the top-10 list.Counties were scored for best living conditions based on good schools, low crime, good health care and a clean environment, said creative editor Jamie Cole.First, thought the editors had to define just what made a place rural.”There’s Wyoming, with three people per square mile. Then we looked at (a rural county in) Georgia with 150 per square mile,” Cole said. “There were a lot of things the numbers couldn’t tell us.”Some of those intangibles were a sense of community, neighborliness, how growth is managed, and the aesthetics of a place.Garfield County scored high on the list because of its traditional agriculture, especially cattle ranches, Cole said.”We also looked at land prices. There’s still good land available if people want to go out and buy 30 acres.”The magazine’s top county to live in is Fauquier County, Va. About an hour drive south of Washington, D.C., it’s still rural, with wide-open spaces and horse farms.Eagle County made the list because of its mountain peaks, ski resorts, secluded valleys and because it’s also managed to keep a few farming families.Progressive Farmer is published by Southern Progress Corp., a subsidiary of Time Inc. It also publishes Southern Living, Cooking Light and Sunset magazines.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext.

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