What makes a good place to raise a family? It all depends, right? Good schools are a must, obviously. A low unemployment rate means plentiful jobs. An abundance of pediatricians, low crime rates and decent air quality are all great reasons for picking your child’s hometown. Accommodating to hipster parents, maybe? So who’s the best of the best?
(Or, for that matter, the worst of the best?)
Parenting magazine recently released its annual list of the 100 most family friendly cities in the U.S. They based their rankings on 8,000 bits of data in 84 categories to come up with this grand and glorious list. But if your awesome hometown didn’t even break the top 25, consider this: the 2001 No. 1 city was ranked 71st last year. Last year’s No. 1, Arlington, Va., is now No. 70. Parenting editors explained they added a “charm and culture index,” (think: free museums and kid-friendly restaurants), which is likely responsible for the massive reshuffling.
Parenting magazines 10 Most Family Friendly U.S. Cities for 2011
And the 10 Worst Cities for Raising Families of 2011.
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