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CB, Gunnison and Almont among best towns in county

(Gunnison) Crested Butte, Gunnison and Almont were among the top places to live in Gunnison County, a survey by the Reluctant Economist Review has found. The Boulder-based fiscal watchdog ranked 15 locales in terms of personal risk, infrastructure and the availability of goods and services.

The worse places were Pittsburgh, Baldwin and Jack’s Cabin where many aspects of daily life present challenges such as staying warm in winter and providing food. Since none of the above have detectable infrastructure, they took a beating in the scoring.

These locales are charming but they don’t cut it over the 365-day cycle,” said the RER. “There are no stores, no police and no real government in place to help these people. If a resident gets his car stuck in a snowdrift in December he might have to wait until April to dig it out.” 

Sapinero, Powderhorn and Pitkin fell in the middle range due to the presence of skeletal services and distance from main population centers.

Icy roads, the presence of deer and elk on the highways and location in remote regions worked against these towns causing them to finish poorly in the survey according to the review.

The county’s three main population centers scored well partially because, even though they are in the United States in name, they are off the grid and are not considered targets for terror and are virtually unpolluted. In addition to ranking high in the Gunnison County survey, they matched up well with other rural towns across the country despite climate-related issues, high prices and an economy based on tourism, cows and real estate.

No location manages to present ideal living conditions but these three are close, especially if one factors in daily stress, traffic and the outdoor lifestyle. The review fell short of equating the dog population with happiness and the air quality with general life expectancy.

“There is no place better to live than anywhere in Gunnison County in the summer,” said the review, “although technically, that may only last for 6 days.”

– Fred Zeppelin