If small-town life holds special appeal for you, look out West. Seven of the 10 highest-ranked cities that offer the best quality of life are in Western states, according to a new study by Bizjournals. Topping the list is Bozeman, Mont., where it can get awfully cold –- even dropping below freezing on the occasional summer night — but there are plenty of compensations.
Like the stunning view of the Rocky Mountains. And the strong local economy. And the intellectual and cultural activity at Montana State University.