The list looks at cities with populations under 20,000 and compares them against 41 different data points - some of which include cost of living, heath-care spending, racial and socioeconomic diversity, obesity, crime, air quality and natural amenities.
But those are all just numbers on a page. To make the final decision, editors conducted a "visual assessment" of the cities to find out from both the residents and the visitors what they liked/disliked.
“Throughout the U.S., we’re seeing a resurgence of emphasis on downtowns in cities of all sizes,” says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “It’s nice to see in the big cities, certainly, but it’s especially great to see these smaller towns not just holding their own, but also thriving.”
Some of the pros of Port Angeles? Low food costs, low crime and high communty involvement. The picturesque snowcapped mountains of the Olympic National Park as a backdrop don't hurt! Locals nosh on Dungeness crab (especially during Crabfest), and hang out in the downtown filled with cafes, galleries, gift shops and bookstores.
KOMO News' own Scott Sistek, born in Port Angeles, wrote a great ode to his hometown last year.
"Port Angeles has a lot going for it," Sistek wrote. "But now it can also lay claim to being the coolest town on the West Coast! The average annual high temperature in Port Angeles is just 56.6 degrees, colder than any other town here on the West Coast."
Check out the other nine small towns that made Livability's list.