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Anchorage recognized as top outdoor city

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:00 PM August 14, 2014

Anchorage has landed on another top 10 list.

This time, it’s for its abundant wildlife and access to adventure. Outside Magazine compiled more than 1.5 million votes in its contest to rank the greatest places to live in America. Not only did they use votes cast, but also a mathematical formula to score communities based on factors like unemployment rates, median incomes, outfitters, trails and bike shops.

Anchorage ranked fourth in the nation behind Duluth, Minnesota; Provo, Utah and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The magazine quoted Daybreak’s family fun expert, Erin Kirkland, who said, “Where the city ends, wilderness begins.”

Anchorage has more than 200 miles of trails, Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and six mountain ranges. With all these factors included, Anchorage scored an 83.

If you’re planning on moving to Anchorage, the magazine recommends starting in Spenard. They called it an up-and-coming neighborhood with good restaurants, a farmers’ market and trails.

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