indexCNN Money magazine named Sierra Vista as one of the top five best places to live in the “least crowded towns” category in the online supplement to the September 2013 “Best Places to Live” issue.

Sierra Vista scored fourth on a list of 20 cities. With a population of nearly 44,907 — just 295 people per square mile — coupled with a median household income of $64,927, Sierra Vista was noted for its picturesque mountains and canyon views, majestic starry skies, abundant natural areas, moderate climate, and nearby burgeoning winemaking industry.

This picturesque mountain town in southeastern Arizona boasts expansive canyon views and majestic starry skies. Outdoor enthusiasts relish the moderate temperatures (at least by Arizona standards) and plentiful opportunities to be active. For hiking, there’s the Huachuca Mountains to explore; for horseback riding, trails along the San Pedro River beckon. The area’s also celebrated among birdwatchers as the hummingbird capital of the U.S.

More of a culture vulture? Enjoy a free summer concert in Veterans Memorial Park, stroll through the year-round farmer’s market, or tour the area’s growing number of wineries.