Thursday, December 15, 2011

we're Number # 3

 Bozeman ranked 3rd in Winter livability, I'd probably argue the part about blocking the drive ways with Snow . Usually ten minutes after I finish shoveling the snowplows block the driveway again.
Bozeman is the third best city in the United States to live in during the winter, according to a list compiled
The No. 1 city was Anchorage, Alaska, followed by Fargo, N.D., a website that ranks small to mid-sized communities across America, identified the “Top 10 Winter Cities.”
The website reviewed cities that have an average January temperature below freezing and then chose the best ones based on criteria such as whether they have lots of cold weather-dependent things to see and do, plenty of affordable housing and low unemployment rates.
Bozeman got high marks for recreational opportunities and snow clearing.
“Bozeman averages more than 90 inches of snow each year, which means there’s plenty of white stuff for snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross-country and Nordic skiing,” the article states. “And when the rest of the country is celebrating the arrival of spring, Bozeman area ski resorts are still packing powder.”
The writer notes that Bridger Bowl Ski Area will host theNCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships in March, and that Bozeman is home to the nation’s premier ice-climbing destination at Hyalite Canyon.
Bozeman’s winter roads attracted praise from Winter Cities Institute CEO Patrick Coleman.
Coleman said Bozeman “makes a good effort to enhance winter living.” He commended Bozeman’s Public Works Department for using“the friendly snowplow.”
Bozeman city crews use motor graders – machines that look like oversized tractors – to get around parked cars and avoid plowing-in driveways.
“This device does much to minimize resident frustration resulting from large snow berms planted in cleared driveways by the plows,” Coleman says in the article. “Bozeman is also concerned about maintaining bike routes and bike lanes in the winter.” lists the average January low in Bozeman at 14 degrees, median home price at $201,869 and an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent.
So how did the flat, wind-chilled city of Fargo beat Bozeman?
Fargo is lauded for its welcoming spirit, cultural amenities, and most notably, the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at 3.3 percent, according to the article.

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