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LOGAN — A recent ranking lists Logan, Utah as the second best college town in America.
Livability.com has been compiling a top-ten list of the most livable college towns in America since 2009, and this isn’t the first time the home of Utah State University has made it into the top three.
Based on factors related to housing affordability, cultural amenities, entertainment and recreation options, Livability found Logan to be more than an academic hub.
Livability praised Logan for its beautiful outdoor attractions like fishing, hiking, skiing and golfing. It noted that the landlocked town even has access to a beach, referring to Bear Lake, which it calls the "Caribbean of the Rocky Mountains."
Logan's "natural beauty, vast outdoor activities, colorful cultural scene and strong economy" are a few factors that draw a young crowd, even those not attending college, Livability reported.
In fact, 20 percent of Logan's residents are aged 25 to 34.
The young crowd enjoys Logan's cultural scene, which includes performance venues, museums and art galleries, Livability reported.
Logan also boasts many delicious restaurants, earning itself a spot in Livability's top 10 "Best Foodie Cities" in 2011.
Livability recommends the fresh baked bread and gourmet cookies from Old Grist Mill Co., the steaks at Hamilton's and the Kitchen Sink ice cream sundae at Angie's Diner.
Of course, that list doesn't include Aggie ice cream.
Specific attractions of downtown Logan conclude the ranking, including the Logan Temple, the Cache Valley Transit District and the Cache Valley Center for the Arts all making the list.