Magazine Names Four Kansas Communities as Best Places to Live

Junction City, KS – The April 2008 edition of Outdoor Life magazine named the Top 200 towns for hunters and anglers in America to call home and Kansas had four.

“Many hunters and fisherman are looking to sink their roots in a new hometown, to raise a family where campsites outnumber condos, or retire to a place where it’s as easy to catch a bass as it is to catch a commercial flight,” stated author Andrew McKean.

Named in the Top 200 were Atchinson, Dodge City, Emporia and Junction City. A special section listing America’s Top 10 Whitetail towns included Parsons, KS.

Some of the methodology used to determine the rankings included population, growth rate of the local economy, unemployment rate, crime rate, household income, degree of taxation, and the variety of cultural opportunities within easy driving distance. Then they looked at fishing and hunting opportunities, trophy quality of the sporting opportunities and the proximity to public lands.

When asked his thoughts on the articles, Rick Dykstra of the Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “We knew Kansas was great outdoors state and this article verifies it. The article is another motivator of why people should come to KS. Our CVB has long been a supporter of the outdoors as an economic generator and we’ve worked very hard to establish the Junction City/Geary County area as a Kansas outdoors destination.”


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