Why my town is best

Money picked the top 100. Now readers have their say: From fun festivals to natural beauty, they explain why their hometown should be the Best Place to Live.

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Wausau, Wis.
Wausau, Wis.
What makes it great: Wausau's annual hot-air balloon rally

Nominated by: Mike Stouffer, 48, freelance photographer

It brings people in from all over the state... It's rewarding watching [the balloons], and meeting a lot of cool people....

[You] can't beat Wisconsin in the summertime. There's something about the air, you have all the trees, and the fresh air, and people in the Midwest are pretty friendly....

[I love] just seeing all the families out there, it's such a family event.... All the planning, making the community have a good time -- in these times it's even more important. [Wausau's a] strong family town. During the good times, everyone reaps and shares, and in tough times everyone tries to get together.

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Last updated September 11 2009: 11:51 AM ET
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