This week, we started with 16 towns from across the world competing for the title of "Strongest" in our 2017 Strongest Town Contest. After several days of heated competition, we've narrowed it down to eight towns, based on your votes.

Here's how the voting came down this round:

  • Traverse City (53%) vs. York, PA (47%)
  • Ellsworth, ME (69%) vs. Wollongong, Australia (31%)
  • Bellingham, WA (76%) vs. San Francisco, CA (24%)
  • Valparaiso, IN (88%) vs. Greenfield, IN (12%)
  • Wausau, WI (87%) vs. Fitchburg, WI (13%)
  • Guelph, Ontario (97%) vs. Brampton, Ontario (3%) 
  • Lafayette, LA (97%) vs. Killeen, TX (3%) 
  • Lowell, MA (78%) vs. Quincy, MA (22%)

And here's our updated bracket:

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For those who are keeping track of their brackets at home, how'd you do?

We've got a couple more weeks to crown the winner. The next phase of the contest will involve these towns showing off the best they have to offer through photo and word. Come back Monday to see the next round and cast your votes!