08/19/2014 05:09 pm ET Updated Aug 28, 2014

The 16 Best Towns To Live In, According To OUTSIDE Magazine

With all the hustle, bustle, glitz and glamour you could ever want, urban centers are hard to pass up. But for the 1.5 million readers who casted their bracket-style votes inOUTSIDE magazine’s Best Towns Competition, that's certainly not the case.

Between their "delectable dining scenes, friendly, walkable neighborhoods and unparalleled access to outdoor adventure," the top spots included in the publication's annual ranking are proudly showing what quality access to healthy eating options and green, open spaces looks like -- all while making the case for banishing the big city life.

Check out how the pre-selected towns ranked this year (on a scale of 0 to 100), and see for yourself why you don't need a major metro to live large...

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OUTSIDE worked with a rocket scientist to combine factors including access to outdoor adventure, healthy eating options, green, open spaces, unemployment rates, median incomes and an editor’s choice variable to summarize how livable a place is, with 100 being the outdoorsman’s perfect paradise.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article misidentified the beautiful city of Anchorage, Alaska. Our apologies to Alaskans everywhere.

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