A little over a week after USA Today named Rockford the 8th most dangerous city in America, Reader's Digest says "think again."

Unfortunately, here in the Rockford area, we're used to the negative rankings by different organizations. We can almost count on the fact that there will be something posted nationally about Rockford that paints the entire area in a bad light.

That's why it's refreshing to see the recent Reader's Digest piece called "These Are the 15 Best Places to Move to in the U.S. (Before They Get Too Crowded)"

The cities that Reader's Digest chose to highlight are:

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Carmel, Indiana
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • State College, Pennsylvania
  • Santa Margarita, California
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kansas City
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Georgetown, Texas
  • Reno Tahoe, Nevada
  • Templeton, California

And, pleasantly enough, Rockford! Here's what they had to say about the Forest City:

Just 90 minutes west of Chicago, Rockford’s small-town charm and unsuspecting, cultural, culinary, and outdoors spaces make it a fun, noteworthy destination for those looking for a truly off-the-beaten-path experience. Among its many charms, you can spend time at one of the nation’s oldest internet cafes, wakeboard at a cable-run wake park, and stroll through one of North America’s top Japanese gardens. Early settlers dubbed Rockford “Forest City,” and nearby are more than 10,000 acres of natural land for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy activities like hiking, camping, fishing, and kayaking. The town also recently launched a new convention center, and it’s home to nearly a dozen museums, including the top-ranked family Discovery Center.

Our friend Andrea from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau joins us every Friday morning after the 8:30 news for a terrific run down on the cool things the Rockford area has to offer you each weekend.

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