In May, Athens was eliminated from the "Best Town Ever" competition, losing to Boone, N.C., in the third round of voting.
The "Best Place to Live in America" contest began with a bracket of 64 cities and ended with 16.
The top five are:
- Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Port Angeles, Washington
- Iowa City, Iowa
- Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Glenwood Springs, Colorado
For the rest of the list and more on why these towns won, check out the story on outsideonline.com.