As a mom I love these types of surveys. For the second year in a row, Business Week put out a “great place to raise your kids” article and the beauty of this year’s is that they went state by state and listed a city within each.
The criteria consisted of cities over 50,000 residents and a median income of between $40K and $100K. They then used the following weighted criteria to find the best of the best: school performance, air quality, crime rate, cultural activities, and more.
They also tried to keep it so families were not priced out of the areas, making them affordable cities in which to live.
Did your city make the mark? Here are a few that did (visit link at end of article to see them all!)
If you live in Fort Collins, Colorado you are blessed with 600 acres of parks, low crime and a great downtown. (Interestingly enough, this is one of the cities in which I would love to live and have begged my husband to move to-but, alas, he can’t stand the cold!)
Pembroke Pines, Florida ranked high on the list with great schools, low crime, and a vicinity close to both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, making shopping and outings easily accessible.
If Chicago sounds like your idea of a great place to live, check out Mount Prospect. Just twenty five miles away from the Windy City, Mount Prospect boasts low crime, great schools, homes falling within a range of prices for all incomes. This great suburb topped Business Week’s list nationally as well.
The one choice I questioned was Arcadia, California, a small area within the large city of Los Angeles. I used to visit Arcadia often, and I do know that the schools there are ranked quite high and that crime is low. The city is clean and does have parks and a great arboretum that I used to take my daughter to when she was just a baby.
However, smog in this area is quite high on days when LA is blanketed in yellow grime and housing costs soar because of the great school system. When we were living in California you couldn’t purchase a starter in Arcadia for under $600K. Perhaps this has changed in the past year or so with the downturn of the market, but housing affordability is questionable in this small town.
To read the entire list of best cities, visit this link.