You cast more than 1.5 million votes in our biggest Best Town Ever contest to date. One town may have triumphed, but you loved 15 other amazing places, too-from Burlington Vermont to Anchorage Alaska.

But before we reveal the winner, a word on our rankings.

This list is ordered by the number of votes you gave each town in our March Madness-style Best Towns Tournament-and the place that received the most votes was crowned our Best Town Ever. In fact, our winner absolutely crushed every voting round. But we also did our own evaluation of each finalist, which resulted in a very scientific number known as the O-Score.

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