Bangor earns spot on Top 10 Winter Cities list

Thousants of people lined the streets in Bangor watching the annual Festival of Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. About 70 organizations were represented in the parade that ended with a float carrying Santa Claus and was followed by the lighting of the city Christmas tree.
Thousants of people lined the streets in Bangor watching the annual Festival of Lights Parade Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. About 70 organizations were represented in the parade that ended with a float carrying Santa Claus and was followed by the lighting of the city Christmas tree.
Posted Dec. 14, 2011, at 4:51 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor has garnered a spot as one of the Top 10 Winter Cities to live in by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live.

Anchorage, Alaska, earned the top spot, while Bangor checked in at seventh.

Livability’s editors narrowed down the list of 500 cities to those with an average January temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

Editors then sought out cities that adapt well to wintry weather, embrace the cold and even view it as a valuable commodity. Bangor was chosen because it also ranks high for other livability factors, such as ample outdoor recreational opportunities, arts and cultural offerings, affordable housing and unemployment rates lower than the national average.

“The best winter cities plan for and pay attention to the details of winter livability,” Winter Cities Institute CEO Patrick Coleman said.

Other cities in the top 10 were No. 2, Fargo, N.D.; No. 3, Bozeman, Mont.; No. 4, Logan, Utah; No. 5, St. Cloud, Minn, No. 6, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; No. 8, Spokane, Wash.; No. 9, Lebanon, Pa.; and No. 10, Gillette, Wyo.

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