10 Best Cities for Families


Parenting magazine has released its list of the 10 best cities for families. At the tippy top? Arlington, Va. And if you’ve ever known a parent who lives in Arlington, you can kind of see why.

But here’s why Parenting thinks Arlington is so great (and a list of the second through 10th best).

Excellent schools (they spend a whopping $23,232 per pupil per year!) and low unemployment. Plus parks, great home values and it’s super safe.

Second place went to Austin, Texas. Here are the rest:

3. Madison, Wis.

4. Ann Arbor, Mich.

5. Lexington, Ky.

6. Portland, Ore.

7. Spokane, Wash.

8. Scottsdale, Ariz.

9. Omaha, Neb.

10. Raleigh, N.C.

Parenting also ranked the best 10 cities for education (Spokane), best in safety (Scottsdale), best in recreation (Jacksonville, Fla.), best in economy (Little Rock, Ark.!), and best in health (Richmond, Va.)

They’ve got the worst for everything and several California cities sweep the worst three cities for health and education, including my unhealthy and uneducated city Long Beach. Yikes!

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