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Best Cities for Families

Parents looking for a great environments for their children should consider these cities since they have high rated schools; nearby playgrounds, parks, and hospitals; low crime rate and clean air; and many other families with young children.

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Methodology

We determined the best cities for families by comparing the 541 cities in our database across 8 categories. Each category is evaluated over a range of metrics with each metric being judged on a different point scale, as indicated below. Cities that receive the maximum points for each metric are determined to be the most desireable and appear higher in the list.

Outdoor Activities - Total Points: 22
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  • Parks3 - Points: 11
  • Playgrounds4 - Points: 11

Many Families - Total Points: 17

  • Proportion of population under 5 years old1 - Points: 13
  • Proportion of population that is married2 - Points: 4

Schools - Total Points: 17
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  • High schools in top 25%8 - Points: 5
  • Public schools rated 8+9 - Points: 5
  • High schools in top 25% (%)8 - Points: 3
  • Public schools rated 8+ (%)9 - Points: 3

Day Care Centers - Total Points: 11

  • Day care centers per household5 - Points: 11

Low Crime - Total Points: 11
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  • Violent crimes6 - Points: 8
  • Property crime rate6 - Points: 3

Hospitals - Total Points: 11

  • Number of nearby 5-star hospitals7 - Points: 6
  • Hospitals (<50 miles)7 - Points: 3
  • Share of nearby hospitals with Medicare rating of 5 stars7 - Points: 2

Clean Air - Total Points: 6

  • Unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups10 - Points: 3
  • High PM2.5 pollution10 - Points: 2
  • High ozone10 - Points: < 1

Large Homes - Total Points: 5

  • Median home (sq ft)11 - Points: 3
  • Median home value (sq ft)12 - Points: 2
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Points doubled for fun calculation
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Points doubled for value calculation

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