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Marquette named a top ‘up-and-coming’ town

Reader’s Digest publishes list

MARQUETTE — Marquette has been named one of the 25 “up-and-coming” small towns in America by Reader’s Digest.

The magazine’s article is titled “25 Small Towns That Are About to Become More Popular.”

“Each offers unique amenities and attractions — and they are all up-and-coming,” wrote Gwen Pratesi.

It was noted in the article that Marquette, home to Northern Michigan University, was named the “Top Small Town for Adventure” in 2018 by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Reader’s Digest wrote of Marquette: “Outdoor activities include everything from biking and hiking on the city’s trails year-round to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing and snowboarding on Marquette Mountain in the winter.”

The magazine also mentioned Marquette’s award-winning craft breweries, an “exciting” local restaurant scene and a “thriving” arts scene, and pointed out it’s a great place to see the northern lights.

“Recent growth in private investment includes mixed-use developments, affordable housing and hotels,” the article reads. “With an average home price of $219,000, moderate winters and individuals wanting to get back to a simpler life, watch out for Marquette.”

Some residents might argue that the winters aren’t mild, but many others take advantage of the winter recreation opportunities.

Other cities listed in the Reader’s Digest article for up-and-comers include: Waterville, Maine; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Casper, Wyoming; Fredericksburg, Texas; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Essex, Connecticut; Loveland, Colorado; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Bisbee, Arizona; Onancock, Virginia; Cedar Falls, Iowa; Brattleboro, Vermont; Braselton, Georgia; Rapid City, South Dakota; Goshen, New York; New Albany, Ohio; Berlin, Maryland; Hermann, Missouri; Winter Park, Florida; Lewiston, Montana; Mooresville, North Carolina; Auburn, California; Park City, Utah; and Ashland, Oregon.

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