Pendleton named one of America's top towns for sportsmenPosted: Updated:
PENDLETON, Ore. -- April 19, 2011-Outdoor Life magazine released its fourth annual list of the "Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen," an exhaustive list of the best places to live for those who love the outdoors. The magazine scored the cities using an extensive set of criteria-topping the list were access to abundant fishing and hunting opportunities, a high quality of life and suitability for families. The magazine also gave greater consideration to towns that boast low unemployment rates, high household incomes and low cost of living.
The list appears in the May issue of Outdoor Life, on newsstands now. Outdoor Life's 2011 "Top 20 Towns for Sportsmen"
Rapid City, South Dakota
Cooper Landing, Alaska
Bismarck, North Dakota
Mountain Home, Arkansas
Chamberlain, South Dakota
Pierre, South Dakota
Williston, North Dakota
Heber Springs, Arkansas
The city of Bend, Oregon, population 80,000, leads the list as the country's top town for sportsmen. Rising in rank from number 6 on last year's list, Bend nabbed the top spot for attributes including access to millions of acres of Forest Service land, grassland and wetland, as well as its hundreds of miles of fishable streams and rivers. The area's unique landscape presents a bounty of both upland and big game hunting, and legendary waterways provide anglers with year-round opportunities. The city's 300 days of sunshine per year also helped boost its ranking, as did a thriving economy that has pushed household income up 30 percent over the past decade. In total, 13 Oregon cities made this year's Top Towns list.
Other leading towns on this year's list are Pinedale, Wyoming, No. 2, which boasts incredible trout fishing and exceptional mule deer and elk hunting opportunities. At No. 3, Rapid City, South Dakota-first on last year's list-remains a sportsmen playground thanks to its proximity to the Black Hills National Forest and local reservoirs. Kodiak, Alaska, came in at No. 4, and Saratoga, Wyoming, took the No. 5 slot. Cooper Landing, Alaska,-the state's second city to rank in the top ten-came in at No. 6, and Lewiston, Idaho, and Pendleton, Oregon, took the No. 7 and No. 8 slots. Rounding out the top ten are Sheridan, Wyoming, at No. 9 and Bismarck, North Dakota, at No. 10.
"The towns on this list are the dream places to live for outdoorsmen," said John Taranto, Senior Editor of Outdoor Life. "They're all outstanding places to hunt and fish, but they're also truly livable places where you can raise a family and live comfortably."