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#49. Ashland, OR

With 300 days of sunshine each year, Ashland defies Oregon’s rainy reputation, and is a great city for anyone looking to live in a mild climate with four distinct seasons.

A strong economy includes recent advancements in the solar and wind industries, with city leaders strongly encouraging sustainability and smart design throughout the growth process. Ashland is a visually stunning city thanks to its location at the convergence of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, and outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking, biking, swimming, mountain biking and skiing among 785 acres of parkland and 41 miles of trails.

The city is also a college town with affordable housing options thanks to Southern Oregon University, and interesting annual events include the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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