Juneau makes list of best cities to raise outdoor kid

Posted: Sunday, August 09, 2009

Juneau was recently named the fifth-best city to raise an outdoor kid by the outdoors magazine "Backpacker."

The list, compiled by writer Jason Stevenson, scored cities bases on several factors with Juneau rounding out the top five of No. 1 Boulder, Colo., No. 2 Jackson, Wyo., No. 3 Durango, Colo. and No. 4 Flagstaff, Ariz.

Juneau got 27 points for having the highest percentage of Boy Scouts in the West (13 percent ages 10-17), 18 points for having the lowest state/local taxes in the country; $2,000 pipeline rebate in '08 and five outdoors shops, and 23 points for "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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