LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire town of Lebanon has been named a "Top 10 Small Town" by a website that looks at small- and mid-sized communities.

Editors at Livability.com looked at cities with populations under 20,000, then examined statistics such as cost of living, health care spending, racial and socioeconomic diversity, crime, and other categories. They also looked at visitors' comments and what residents liked about living there.

Lebanon was No. 3 on the annual list, behind Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Northfield, Minnesota.

The editors said Lebanon offers "a bucolic escape" with concerts, farmers markets at Colburn Park, live performances at the Lebanon Opera House and several area festivals. In the winter, it offers activities such as cross-country skiing, sledding and downhill skiing at 15 resorts in the area.

Livability.com said Lebanon has experienced substantial income growth in recent years, offering families excellent schools, wholesome activities, top-notch health care and affordable housing.

"Throughout the U.S., we're seeing a resurgence of emphasis on downtowns in cities of all sizes," says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. "It's nice to see in the big cities, certainly, but it's especially great to see these smaller towns not just holding their own, but also thriving."


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