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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009

The Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid: The Winning 25

From Boulder to Juneau to Bozeman, see which cities made the cut for the best place to raise an outdoor kid, and why.

by: Jason Stevenson

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1. Boulder, CO
Pop: 94,673 Median home: $328,400 Overall score: 85

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Teens work summer jobs as junior rangers in city's mountain parks

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Named America's "Smartest" and "Most Livable" town by Forbes; 105 miles of bike paths

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Yes, we live here, but Boulder wins on its merits. Longs Peak and the Indian Peaks Wilderness (120 square miles of elk, trout, wildflowers, and glaciers) are less than an hour away.

2. Jackson, WY
Pop: 9,631 Median home: $495,000 Overall score: 77

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Family climbing days led by world-famous Exum Mountain Guides

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Outdoor companies like Cloudveil born here; ACT scores 10% above national avg.

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Cheek-to-jowl with the Tetons, Yellowstone, and a bajillion elk, bison, and bears; a half-day or less to Wind Rivers and Idaho's empty Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

3. Durango, CO
Pop: 13,922 Median home: $290,000 Overall score: 72

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Trail Trekkers hiking program for kids, plus free fly-fishing lessons

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Tax-supported open space and trails; 70,000-sq.-ft. rec center with climbing wall

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Surrounded by San Juans and uncrowded 14ers; Animas River runs through town (A+ fly-fishing and rafting); short drives to Mesa Verde, CDT, Arches, Moab, the Weminuche

4. Flagstaff, AZ
Pop: 52,894 Median home: $289,548 Overall score: 69

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Sixth-graders spend a week studying ecology near Humphreys Peak

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Home to N. Arizona University, USGS satellite office, and emerging green-job sector

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Gateway to Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, and Arizona's only 12,000-foot peaks; 1 hour to sweet Sedona hiking/biking; located in world's largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest

5. Juneau, AK
Pop: 30,711 Median home: $320,630 Overall score: 68

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Highest percentage of Boy Scouts in the West (13%, ages 10-17)

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Lowest state/local taxes in the country; $2,000 pipeline rebate in '08; 5 outdoor shops

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An unrivaled cornucopia: Glacier Bay National Park (ice, bears), Tongass National Forest (trees, bears), and Admiralty Island (fish, bears) total nearly 40 million acres


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ALL READERS COMMENTS

Raven
Jan 17, 2014

Lots of great choices, but any such list that does not include Park City, Bend, Leavenworth or Truckee has no validity in my mind. AND to have Boulder (Organic People's Republic of Poserville) at the top?? Glad my town did not make the list!

Jarad
Jan 16, 2014

Wheeling wv is a true outdoor city glad to see it made the list

j.ellis
Jan 15, 2014

How is St George, UT not on this list, and well above any cities of .5million?
Sure, couple of months of the year are hot, but you have 300+ days of sunshine and 65-80 degrees, very low humidity, clean air, two state parks practically in town, more.immediateaccess to zion national park than it'll take you to get out of Seattle or other large cities, and within a two hour drive, two other national parks, practically unlimited BLM, forest service, and wilderness. And if it's too hot in the summer or you need to ski, you're an hourfrom 11000 feet and a nice ski resort. There are natural climbing walls inside city limits, miles and miles of walking/jogging/riding trails (city wide), two lakes to boat or kayak on within 15 minutes of downtown...
And for kids? It's a safe place to live. Say snd think what you will about mormons (and I'll probably agree-and will probably have said as much myself before) - but it's a very low-crime area.
How do you not even have this on the list, but list huge cities in shitty climates?

spiderandivy
Jan 15, 2014

I live in the bozeman mt area. to get to the park that fast, you'd have to be a low-flying airplane. jobs are few and far between, unless you want to flip burgers or clean rooms. there is a bus system. there is a trail system. in the winter, there is a homeless shelter, because they don't want any more homeless people to freeze to death. you have to know where the stores are, because the signage has to be so discrete. low cost housing is virtually non-existent, especially to rent. it's a college town that attracts a lot of people who are heavy into outdoor recreation. when they finish, they don't want to go, so competition for jobs is fierce.

lorendn
Jan 15, 2014

Boulder is great but you have got to believe that Jackson ins really #1. We have 10% of the population of Boulder, Grand Teton NP, is 10 minutes from town, and we have more wildlife within 30 minutes of here than any small city in North America. 97% of the land is federal and only 3% private - Gros Ventre wilderness is less than 30 minutes away...

Mrsoul
Jan 14, 2014

As a boulder resident, I'm embarrassed at the rankings. Boulder might be #20-25, maybe. Maybe #1 in thinking we are outdoorsy, but surely nor actually being so

Mrsoul
Jan 14, 2014

As a boulder resident, I'm embarrassed at the rankings. Boulder might be #20-25, maybe. Maybe #1 in thinking we are outdoorsy, but surely nor actually being so

Chet
Jan 14, 2014

Boulder? Not so much. Most of these places are great. Some? Sevierville, TN, probably has the highest rate of obesity in the US. Is eating cotton candy at Dollywood an outdoor activity?

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Chris
Sep 08, 2013

A discussion I had about Boulder making the top of this in a past year when I used to live there:
"I wouldn't want to raise any kid in this town."
"I wouldn't want to raise a dog in this town."

Chris
Sep 08, 2013

A discussion I had about Boulder making the top of this in a past year when I used to live there:
"I wouldn't want to raise any kid in this town."
"I wouldn't want to raise a dog in this town."

Richard Smith
Sep 04, 2013

I'm glad my city was not listed. I love not having to get permits to hike and backpack just 30 minutes from my driveway. When the wilderness areas get too popular near your home town, the permits and quotas make it miserable to enjoy the area.

NH Country Girl
Aug 31, 2013

Living in NH....I would NOT choose Manchester as a great outdoor city to raise a child these days!! I guess you have not been to other areas of NH to see the great outdoors ???

At Texan
Aug 29, 2013

Interesting that you put down Corpus Christi for having a high summer heat index. It also has the most steady summer sea breeze and is a city know for having lots of hunters and fisherman, which happen to be outdoor types too. If you want to ding a Texas city, why not Houston, hot, steamy summers and fully of concrete. Don't worry about offending Houstonians and losing their subscriptions, they would agree with you.

Ron
Aug 29, 2013

Agree worst list ever. How in the world do you compare a city of a population of 1+ million and a town of 20,000? Hood river Oregon 10,000 people and a 5 minute drive to get to the wilderness. Seattle Washington 90 minute drive to get to the wilderness.

Ken
Aug 29, 2013

THINK

Ken
Aug 29, 2013

And everything Todd and Matt said too!! Come to thing of it, changing my rating to 1 star!!

Ken
Aug 29, 2013

Agree with everything Joe said. Hard to take any list like this seriously when the Salt Lake Valley is not listed AT ALL. REALLY? Between all the access that Joe articulated, good economy, low cost of living (note: Park City and SLV are not one in the same), I'm not sure Salt Lake should be lower than the top five. And I think I could make a pretty good argument that it beats Boulder HANDS DOWN.

Todd
Aug 29, 2013

No Salt Lake City?!?! Here's a short list:
The Wasatch Range and the endless hiking to be had there, The Uintah Mountains and the endless hiking to be had there, all the crazy outdoor madness that is Utah, 30 minutes to Brighton, Alta, Snowbird, Deer Valley. University of Utah. Tons of tech companies. Backcountry.com up in Park City. Really Duluth makes the list, but not SLC?

Matt
Aug 29, 2013

This may be Backpacker's worst 'best of' list ever. As a colorado native, I can say that what colorado was and what colorado is are 2 very different things. Places like boulder and colorado springs are thoroughly suburbanized and sprawl now. Even when kids do get outdoors, trails are lousy with people. I live in Laramie, WY now and every kid I know hikes, cross-country skis, snowshoes and backpacks year-round. My kids are outdoors WAY more than any of my colorado friends' kids now that the front range explosion has hit.

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Joe
Oct 25, 2012

I'm disappointed nothing in Utah was listed. And not from the "I live there and think its the best" point of view. Within 30 minutes of anywhere in the Salt Lake valley you have access to thousands of miles of hiking, mountain biking, off-roading, hunting, 3 blue ribbon trout streams, 5-6 world class ski resorts. Expand your area to a 4-5 hour drive and you've got Moab, Yellowstone, Zions, Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Slot Canyons, Desert, Salmon River ID, Wind Rivers, Green River(arguably the best fly fishing river in the world) you name it. SLC SHOULD have been in your top 5.

josh
Sep 21, 2010

I'm a high school student living in Upstate New York, near Glens Falls. I found it funny that this town is on the list because I was researching colleges and Burlington, VT and Boulder, CO are big places of interests for me. I think because I live in this type of surrounding that I am more attracted to living around here.

Peter
Jul 17, 2010

Um, nice list but some of us are not dot-com millionaires.

Bambi
May 07, 2010

I live in Wheeling, WV and am very happy to see us on this list! We have 4 children - cost of living here accomodates larger families (jobs don't earn as much, but housing etc is a LOT less than the rest of the country, and jobs aren't extinct) The outdoor space is BEAUTIFUL, although many don't take advantage of it (hence the high #'s of obesity in adults in children) I SEE THE TREND CHANGING! Am involved in community work to get people walking/biking - and there is quite an enthusiastic "movement". Working to connect the last 6 miles of trail to the Allegheny - and we'll have the longest continuous trail in the country. Public schools are ok, and are trying to improve - academics as well as healthy communities. LOTS of great programming for kids through the parks, and opportunities galore for lower income folks. West Virginia University is only an hour away (Pittsburgh too) so healthcare and research are improving, ongoing, and accessible.

Wendy
Apr 28, 2010

Park City is beautiful, but real estate is incredibly expensive and employment is scarce.

Jenifer
Mar 19, 2010

We were thrilled to see Durango make the list. It is also a great place for students looking to get a degree in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. If you would like to learn more about it visit their website http://explore.fortlewis.edu/adventureed/index.asp

Connie
Mar 05, 2010

I live in Utah and am very surprised that Utah did not make this list in any way! I also live in Juneau, Ak for the summers and can't say that it is that great. Most of the local people I know from there are not the outdoor type at all!!! The people that do most of the hiking and playing are visitors, except maybe in the winter. It is a town of drugs, drinking and sex!
Utah on the other hand has so much more to offer. Park City is amazing, but even Salt Lake City is a great place to raise on outdoor kid!!!

Clif
Sep 21, 2009

Matt, that's the median home price not avg income.

Matt
Sep 03, 2009

Just FYI: the average income in Wheeling is closer to around $30,000. I don't know anyone who lives in Wheeling that earns $80,000 unless they live in 'Wheeling'...areas around Oblebay and Wheeling Jesuit.

LCC
Aug 29, 2009

I live in Franklin, NC, in Macon county, about an hour west of Asheville and, depending on the route you take, about 45 - 60 minutes from Brevard. The Appalachian Trail runs right through Macon county. (Franklin is one of the first few resupply stops for most north bound AT thru-hikers and a regular "town day" location.) Macon county is loaded with hiking trails, including the AT and the Bartram Trail, and has 10 peaks over 5,000 ft. The Great Smokies are also less than an hour away, entering through Cherokee, NC or Bryson City, NC. There are plenty of camping, fishing and white water activities near by. It is within 45 minutes of the Nantahala river for rafting, an hour from the Chattooga and about two hours from the Occoee. Franklin is located 2-2.5 hours north of Atlanta, and just under an hour to some decent skiing and snowboarding in the winter (Cataloochee in Maggie Valley) (The Boone/Banner Elk ski areas are about 3 hours away) and yet our year round climate is on the mild side. Although we do usually see a little snow in the winter, the coldest temps only last a day or two at a time. Our usual winter highs are in the 40s to low 50s with some days in the upper 60s. Summers typically see highs in the low 80s with a few days creeping up into the 90s. Housing can run the gamut depending on where you look, but most family type housing will run from $175,000 to $250,000 with some lower and some higher. There are theaters, golf courses, great restaurants, a family fun center with games, go-carts, lazer tag and bowling and a brand new fine arts center with weekly events including big name concerts, local theater troup productions and comedy nights. Franklin in also only about 40 minutes from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.
All in all...a great place to live!

LCC
Aug 29, 2009

I live in Franklin, NC, in Macon county, about an hour west of Asheville and, depending on the route you take, about 45 - 60 minutes from Brevard. The Appalachian Trail runs right through Macon county. (Franklin is one of the first few resupply stops for most north bound AT thru-hikers and a regular "town day" location.) Macon county is loaded with hiking trails, including the AT and the Bartram Trail, and has 10 peaks over 5,000 ft. The Great Smokies are also less than an hour away, entering through Cherokee, NC or Bryson City, NC. There are plenty of camping, fishing and white water activities near by. It is within 45 minutes of the Nantahala river for rafting, an hour from the Chattooga and about two hours from the Occoee. Franklin is located 2-2.5 hours north of Atlanta, and just under an hour to some decent skiing and snowboarding in the winter (Cataloochee in Maggie Valley) (The Boone/Banner Elk ski areas are about 3 hours away) and yet our year round climate is on the mild side. Although we do usually see a little snow in the winter, the coldest temps only last a day or two at a time. Our usual winter highs are in the 40s to low 50s with some days in the upper 60s. Summers typically see highs in the low 80s with a few days creeping up into the 90s. Housing can run the gamut depending on where you look, but most family type housing will run from $175,000 to $250,000 with some lower and some higher. There are theaters, golf courses, great restaurants, a family fun center with games, go-carts, lazer tag and bowling and a brand new fine arts center with weekly events including big name concerts, local theater troup productions and comedy nights. Franklin in also only about 40 minutes from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.
All in all...a great place to live!

Becky
Aug 27, 2009

Asheville is great! I have lived here over 15 yrs. There is so much to do around here. We have Bent Creek, Tsali and DuPont close by for awesome mtn. biking. Nantahala is a little over an hour away. GSM Nat. Park is close enough for a day trip. I was in the park just yesterday with my parents. It was their 55 wedding ann. They wanted to see Catalooche valley. We were on an easy trail just a few hundred yds. up the trail and came face to face with a big bull elk. We moved off the trail for him to pass. It was fantastic! The Green River Gorge is close by as well for some wicked fun kayaking. I recommend it 100%. Not to mention downtown Asheville is a great place to eat and unwind after a long day on the bike. My husband and I usually go to Barley's Tap Room for pizza and beer.

bcrollo
Aug 23, 2009

Gotta say that after 33 years in the Pacific Northwest, PARK CITY UTAH IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO RAISE OUTDOOR KIDS. 300 days of sunshine, 4 seasons, only a few hours Yellow Stone, Moab, Bryce Canyon, Zion or a few more hours to great Colorado adventures, Glacier, or The Grand Canyon. Plus top ranked schools in the nation. Kids have access to trying out all the winter olympic sports for free in 4th grade. 5th and 6th graders get a free pass to ski all 13 of Utah's ski resorts! Hundreds of miles of trails right out my door for hiking or biking and we can walk to the ski lift! My kids don't know how good they've got it!

bcrollo
Aug 23, 2009

Gotta say that after 33 years in the Pacific Northwest, PARK CITY UTAH IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO RAISE OUTDOOR KIDS. 300 days of sunshine, 4 seasons, only a few hours Yellow Stone, Moab, Bryce Canyon, Zion or a few more hours to great Colorado adventures, Glacier, or The Grand Canyon. Plus top ranked schools in the nation. Kids have access to trying out all the winter olympic sports for free in 4th grade. 5th and 6th graders get a free pass to ski all 13 of Utah's ski resorts! Hundreds of miles of trails right out my door for hiking or biking and we can walk to the ski lift! My kids don't know how good they've got it!

Tricia
Aug 13, 2009

I am from the Jackson area and agree that it would be an excellent place to raise kids. However, the housing pricing is way outdated here as well. Let's keep in mind that the $495,000 price listed would barely get you a 20 year old 1000 sq foot condo. For those of us who want a little more space - we travel the mountain pass into Victor, Idaho. Many of the families enjoying Jackson Hole as their stomping grounds make Victor & Driggs, Idaho their home.

Julie
Aug 11, 2009

I live in Durango, and the cost of living in Durango is exorbitant! The data listed is outdated. Durango has a current population of 16,000 (with a many out-of-town vistors since it is a resort community), and the median house price today is $439,990. Good luck trying to find a house for less than $350,000. If you do, it will be very small, old and require a lot of repairs. It is a great place to raise outdoor kids if you come here with existing wealth. Durango has few employers, and in this economy the jobs are scarce. The jobs that have recently become available are not paying enough to live here. Do solid research before you make a decision to move to here. Many people move here and find within a year or two that they have to move out, because they can not afford to maintain a good standard of living here for their families. It's a great place to visit and backpack for a week or two but not to live here and try to maintain a good standard of living. As others have said about Juneau, Durango is expensive to fly in and out of and it is so remote that the closest big city is Albuquerque 3 1/2 hours drive away.

Teresa
Aug 07, 2009

I was born & raised in Juneau & still live here. It is a great place live. There are always going to be pros & cons living anywhere. Drugs are everywhere in this world not just Juneau. We have had a awesome SUNNY summer here. The rain is nice & refreshing too. Lots of things to do like fishing, hunting, hiking team sports the list goes on. The lower 48 has nothing on
Alaska.

Cathy
Aug 07, 2009

Yes, Juneau is wet and expensive, but where I lived in downtown Juneau, you could walk from those expensive homes straight to a network of hiking trails, ranging from easy to very difficult. Plus, there's kayaking and fishing in the summer and cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter, all very easy to get to.

Melissa
Aug 07, 2009

As a resident of Lebanon, NH I'm happy to see it on the list. I love living here, but no place is perfect. Median home $190,000? I wish. For that price, expect to live in a trailer or a home that is old, small, and needs a lot of work. For a 3 bedroom house you'd actually want to live in, the price is more like $250,000. Also, daycare costs are astronomical, $1600 a month for ONE child at some places. Employment may be low, but it is also limited and the better places are very hard to get into. "Complaints" aside, living here really is great with all of the outdoor options so close and I can't imagine living anywhere else.

Rose of outside SLC Utah
Aug 06, 2009

I'm looking for the outdoor life with my horse where a woman my age (70+) can continue to enjoy riding the trails living with low property taxes and near hospitals/large markets/repairman but still not living in the middle of high populations.

Nicole
Aug 06, 2009

My husband and I just left Juneau after 20+ years. The cost of living is exorbitant, no fresh produce, the annual dividend oil check won't cover the difference in cost of living expense, housing is astronomical, even renting, and it rains over 200 days of the year. The weather is over time getting progressively worse. The school system is also poor and drug use is rampant even in middle school to the point where drug testing in the schools is now being considered. Add to this that you have to shop online for many things, and cannot drive out of there. Alaska Airlines has a monopoly. Expect to pay $550 or more for a round trip flight just to Seattle. Remember you can't drive out of there! I suggest visiting, yes, but that's about it.

Julie
Aug 06, 2009

I've lived in Boulder and grew up in Juneau... and now raise my eight-year-old in Juneau. I think they are both great places to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Juneau is lacking when it comes to malls, stores, roads, entertainment and restaurants, but I don't miss the congestion in Colorado; there are just too many people in the "lower 48"!

Robert
Aug 06, 2009

What about Park City, UT???

Kai
Aug 06, 2009

Angela, How are the schools in you area? We have thought about NC.

Kai
Aug 06, 2009

I'm living in central NY, and am looking for a place to move my 2 children that has great outdoor adventures and great schools.

Angela Gauldin
Aug 06, 2009

I live in Morganton, NC which is just a few miles from Asheville. I have to say it is one of the best places to raise kids. My kids are never bored because there is always something to do. We live in the foothills of the great Blue Ridge Mountains. There's plenty of hiking, camping, canoeing, bike trails, water activities galore, and in the winter there is sking, snow tubing....ect. ect. So how can a kid be bored? When we moved here 10 years ago I realized it was a going to be a great place to raise a family..and it has been!

Jim
Aug 05, 2009

I love Durango. I have an 8 year old that loves all the lakes, streams and rivers, mountains... but they didn't mention Purgatory, the ski area. The best powder and best kept secret in North America. Shuushh, don't tell anyone.

Kara
Aug 04, 2009

My only other problem with this list is that all but one is in a cold area. Not really any places in this list are in all around warmer areas. That doesn't give the person looking for a warmer year round enviroment many options.

Kara, NJ-FL-Tahoe-SantaCr-Bend
Aug 04, 2009

I may have been born in NJ, but I have lived everywhere. I agree with the guy that said, "what about Bend, OR?" One of the best. Santa Cruz is great as well. Pretty much Northern Ca to WA is great for kids and any age. So much to do, and the people are great. Tahoe is another fantastic place, all year round.

Jessica
Aug 04, 2009

I love love love Juneau, AK. I grew up there and now live in Durango, CO. I am planning on moving back to Juneau next September to expand my daughters outdoor life from wildlife, glaciers, hiking, snowboarding, icefields, ocean life, and great people. Such a great place to grow up, I couldn't have asked for more except maybe a bit more sun ;-)

David
Aug 01, 2009

Where is Bend, OR on this list?

J
Jul 29, 2009

Ugh, seriously, Colorado Springs? That place is a hell hole. I grew up there but would never go back. Religious fanatics, rednecks, blizzards for half the year and tornados for the other half. And don't even *think* about trying to grow a garden!

Anonymous
Jul 23, 2009

I totally agree with Oak Harbor being on the "NO" list...I grew up there, and yes it is beautiful...during all four weeks of nice weather! It is ALWAYS windy there, and there is nothing for kids to do in that town but get in trouble! You would think being on the beach and close to lakes and climbing there would be all kinds of clubs and activities, but the reality is there simply isn't. I moved off that island two days after I graduated high school and haven't regretted it a day since! Bottom line: nice to visit on a sunny day...

DAT
Jul 15, 2009

My kids are 3 and 6 and love all the outdoor activiities that I wish I had growing up in New Jersey. They love doing the camps put on by the MT Outdoor Science School (MOSS) that is mentioned in this article, and Bridger, our local ski mountain, is a great, safe place to learn skiing.

Danny
Jul 15, 2009

@Johann -- I've got to stand up for Seattle here. Traffic can get bad, but not that bad. I live in Fremont, ten minutes from downtown. Last Saturday I drove for 35 minutes and spent the day rock climbing. Last Sunday I rode my bike 30 miles on awesome paved trails that run two blocks down from my apartment. I just drove twenty minutes home after spending the evening wakeboarding after work. I can ride my bike for five minutes to multiple kayak rental places. The only time I've ever driven two hours for a hike is when it's two hours away, not because of traffic. There are so many options so close -- mountains, fresh water, salt water, islands, rain forest, bike and running trails. Oh, and every I know who works for Microsoft or Amazon or Google doesn't go into work until about 10am on an average day.

Christopher J Thommpson
Jul 14, 2009

Bozeman is a great place to raise kids! We use the free Outdoor Recreation Guide at BozemanPassage.com to help us develop our nearly 2 year old son's outdoor portfolio!

stephen
Jul 14, 2009

Yeah Bozeman! But you missed the Main Street to the Mountains trail system which has grown to more than 50 miles in length, in town groomed Nordic skiing, and probably the cleanest air of any of the cities listed!

Johann
Jul 13, 2009

I would have to disagree with Seattle. Microsoft doesn't provide any points since they have their employees working so many hours, no one can enjoy the outdoors. And being close as the crow flies to great adventures doesn't mean you can actually get there and back with the horrible Seattle traffic. Sitting in traffic for 2 hours to get to a hike is not my idea of fun.

darsha
Jul 10, 2009

oops i meant students from other countries!

darsha
Jul 10, 2009

the popualation at 59,607 for rapid city, sd was from 2000. the estimated population now is around 65,000. and for a small midwest city. there is plenty of diversity there. the air force base is close by. and the sd school of mines has spme out of country students as well.

darsha
Jul 10, 2009

i lived in rapid city for the first 32 years of my life and miss it and the black hills very much! i never realized how spoiled i was till i moved away. i agree w/ marie. your son is so lucky.

Marie
Jul 09, 2009

I am raising an outdoors boy in Rapid City...It is an excellent place to raise children. There is so much to do indoors and outdoors. My son especially loves hunting!

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