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Dickinson Named Number One Small Town 2013
Post Date: Jul 02 2013
_MG_7435.jpgWhether you're looking for a place to settle down or an authentic spot to visit, this small town offers big advantages
Looking for a truly authentic community with plenty of character, small-town charm and desirable amenities? Livability.com has named the Top 10 Small Towns 2013, the second installment in an annual listing of those towns sprinkled between the major highways and busy airports.
For this installment of the Livability.com List of America’s Top Small Towns, editors narrowed their search to micropolitan areas, steering clear of big-city suburbs and communities considered part of a larger metropolitan region. Editors also considered population and economic growth rates, comparing employment trends, cost of living and other economic factors.
And finally, they looked at each town’s overall quality of life and factored in those intangible assets and amenities that attract relocating businesses and residents – community spirit, good schools and historic preservation.
“There are many towns in the United States that have small-town charm but that are part of larger metro areas,” said Livability.com Spokesman Matt Carmichael. “This year we decided to focus our list on small towns that stand on their own. What they lack in size they make up for in unique amenities as well as business opportunities.”
Located near the rugged, rocky badlands of North Dakota, the town of Dickinson is experiencing a surge in new residents, businesses and amenities. Dickinson's population grew by nearly 50 percent over the past three years, according to city officials. A proliferation of jobs in the energy development sector, coupled with gains in manufacturing, tourism and agriculture continue to attract people.
What keeps new residents in Dickinson is the growing array of amenities, good schools, recreational opportunities, and natural attractions like the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Little Missouri National Grasslands and Patterson Lake, which give residents chances to hike, camp, fish and experience the wide-open beauty of western North Dakota.
Top 10 Small Towns 2013
1. Dickinson, ND
2. Oxford, MS
3. Rock Springs, WY
4. Oak Harbor, WA
5. Brookings, SD
6. Los Alamos, NM
7. Alexandria, MN
8.  Traverse City, MI
9.  West Plains, MO
10. Cambridge, MD
About Livability.com: Livability.com explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of Livable Cities and our interactions on social media. Livability.com is a product of Journal Communications Inc.
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