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  • No. 1 – Money, “Big Cities to Live In”
  • No. 1 – Outside Magazine, “Best Town”
  • No. 1 – Forbes, “America’s Most Pet-Friendly City”
  • No. 1 – Men’s Health, “Best Cities for Dogs”
  • No. 1 – Knowzen.com, “Most Caring City”
  • No. 1 – Zillow.com, “Santa’s Top 10 Favorite Cities”
  • No. 2 – Livability, “Pet Cities”
  • No. 2 – Men’s Fitness, “Fittest City in America”
  • No. 2 – Women’s Health, “The Best Places to Live for Women”
  • No. 2 – MSN.com, “Cities of Convention Wisdom”
  • No. 2 – Livability, “Cities for Veterans”
  • No. 2 – InsuranceProviders.com, “Safest City in the United States”
  • No. 3 – Hellawella, “Fitness-Focused Cities”
  • No. 3 – Men’s Fitness, “Top Sports Town”
  • No. 3 – Earth Day Network, “Best Places to Live”
  • No. 3 – Car and Driver, “Top 10 Best Drivers’ Cities”
  • No. 3 – FedSmith, “Best Southwest City for Defense Jobs”
  • No. 4 – Mint.com, “Most Affordable City”
  • No. 4 – Frommer’s Travel Guide, “Cities Ranked and Rated”
  • No. 5 – U.S. News & World Report, “Top Places to Live”
  • No. 5 – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, “Best Cities to Live, Work and Play”
  • No. 5 – Kiplinger, “Great City for Young Adults”
  • No. 5 – MSNBC, “Best Cities to Live, Work and Play”
  • No. 6 – U.S. News & World Report, “Best Weekend Getaway”
  • No. 6 – Forbes, “America’s Most Wired Cities”
  • No. 6 – SustainLane, “Top Ten Alternative Fueled City Fleets”
  • No. 7 – American Lung Association, “Cleanest U.S. Cities”
  • No. 7 – Backpacker Magazine, “Best Places to Raise an Outdoor Kid”
  • No. 8 – Business Week, “Best Places to Start Over”
  • No. 8 – Sunset Magazine, “Fittest City in the West”
  • No. 9 – Forbes, “America’s Best Bang-for-the-Buck Cities”
  • No. 10 – Forbes, “Best Places for Business and Careers”
  • Top 10 – Livability.com. “Top Downtowns”
  • Top 10 – Outside Magazine, “Best Big Cities for Active Families”
  • Top 10 – Fox News, “Least Obese Metro Areas”
  • Top 10 – Kiplinger, “Great Cities for College Grads”
  • Top 10 – U.S. News and World Report, “Green Places to Retire”
  • Top 10 – Men’s Health, “Best Teeth”
  • Top 10 – Budget Travel, “The 10 Coolest Small Towns” (Manitou Springs)
  • No. 10 – GALLUP – 2012 Least Obese Metro Area
  • No. 11 – University of Toronto, “Best Places to be a Kid on Christmas Morning”
  • No. 11 – ERC & Primacy Relocation, “Best Places to Relocate”
  • No. 11 – The Boyd Company, “Best Places to Build a Data Center”
  • No. 13 – The Advocate “Gayest City”
  • No. 12 – Cooking Light Magazine, “America’s Healthiest Cities”
  • No. 15 – Portfolio Magazine, “America’s Top 25 Smartest Cities”
  • No. 15 – Partenting.com, “Best City for Families”
  • No. 17 – Farmer Insurance Group, “Most Secure Places to Live”
  • No. 17 – RelocateAmerica, “Top 100 Places to Live”
  • No. 18 – Bicycling Magazine, “America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities”
  • No. 18 – TripAdvisor, Travelers’ Choice 2010 “The Best Destinations”
  • Top 25 – American Style, “Mid-Sized U.S. City Art Destination”
  • No. 27 – USA Today, “Most Literate City”
  • Silver Award – League of American Bicyclists, “Bicycle Friendly Community Award”