Truckee ranks N0. 3 on list of mountain towns
Measured on its economy, great outdoors and family life, Truckee ranked third in the nation in Mountain Sports & Living magazine’s “The Top 10 Best Mountain Towns.”Up against towns like Vail, Aspen, Telluride, Mammoth and Bend, Ore., Truckee’s numbers stacked up with its home prices, wages, proximity to metropolitan areas and its outdoor activities. It ranked No. 1 for its economy.The story’s surveyors, who spoke with Joanne Barbiaux Pohler of Joanne’s Stained Glass and chiropractor Tom Clarke, outlined the area as telecommuter friendly, but limited by the common 6-foot snowfalls on Donner Summit.”Pros: Close to a major metropolitan area; doesn’t have the deeply depressed wages of more remote communities. Con: Highly vulnerable to badly timed storms.”The article spotlighted Truckee’s culture with its six art galleries, Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks lectures and signings and the Summer Music Series at the Truckee River Regional Park amphitheater. William Hewlett’s $1 million donation to establish the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation was also mentioned.Other vital statistics (including rankings within the top 10) the article highlights were:Median household income – $40,012 (7)Average home price – $132,865 (2)Number of household incomes it takes to buy the average home – 3.32 (2)Distance to commercial airport – 35 miles, Reno (4-tie)Distance to a city of 100,000 – 40 miles, Reno (2)Percentage of residents with college degree or higher – 35 (7)Ranking in the Mountain Sports and Living 50 Best Resorts survey – 34th (10)Distance to nearest ski area – 6 miles, Northstar-at-Tahoe (4-tie)(Editor’s note: Tahoe Donner Ski Area is located withing Truckee town limits, but is not listed as the closest.)Annual snowfall at ski area – 443 in. (1)Median summer high temperature – 78 degrees (6)Percentage of surrounding country that is public land – 33 (9)Public-school spending per pupil – $5,349 (6)Student-teacher ratio – 21 to 1 (7)Doctors per 100,000 residents – 175 (6)Prompted by the growing number of rural residents in America, the article stated mountain towns in the Rockies and Northwest states are the fastest growing areas in the country. Rachelle Pellissier, president and chief executive officer of the Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce, said she couldn’t agree more with the magazine’s choice of Truckee, but said she wondered why the town wasn’t ranked No. 1.”We all know this is a wonderful place to live,” she said. “Truckee deserves this recognition. We’ll have to work on that ranking.”Ranked from No. 1 to No. 10 were: Kalispell, Mont.; Aspen, Colo.; Truckee; Vail, Colo.; Bend, Ore.; Mammoth; Stowe, Vt.; Telluride, Colo.; Park City, Utah and Steamboat, Colo.Back to Front Page
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