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Provo falls to Duluth, Minn., in 'best place to live' contest

By Faith Heaton Jolley, KSL.com | Posted - Jun 17th, 2014 @ 3:01pm

PROVO — In a close voting battle of being crowned as the "Best Place to Live in America," Provo lost to Duluth, Minnesota, in the final round.

In May, [Outside magazine](http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure- travel/north-america/united-states/best-towns-2014- tournament) turned to its readers to nominate the best town in America for 2014, and the winner was chosen [through a series of voting rounds.](http://www.ksl.com/? sid=30146649&nid=1288&title=provo- enters-top-8-in-best-place-to-live- contest&fm=related_story&s_cid=article-related-1) The competition was set up with a bracket like the ones used in March Madness. Voters were able to choose one town per round.

Provo advanced through each of the six rounds, [making it to the final two](http://www.ksl.com/index.php? sid=30240438&nid=1288&title=provo-advances-to-final-2-in- best- place-to-live-contest) before being defeated by the city of Duluth on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Provo residents rallied together to vote Provo through each of the first five rounds where the city beat out Jackson, Wyoming; Taos, New Mexico; Missoula, Montana; Anchorage, Alaska; and Ithaca, New York. Duluth beat Provo in the final round with a vote of 66,758 to 54,875.

Provo Mayor John Curtis promoted the campaign by offering tickets to the Stadium of Fire during a social media initiative encouraging people to vote. [Utahns across the state posted selfies](http://provomayor.com/2014/05/30/vote-for-provo- in-the- elite-8/) on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #voteprovo.com.

In 2013, the "Best Place to Live in America" title went to Park City.

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