10 best towns for raising a family
Family Circle magazine identifies 10 family-friendly towns and suburbs nationwide that make the grade in housing costs, school quality, green space and ‘giving spirits.’
These days, we’re reading a lot about how young people and empty-nesters are flocking to urban cores, choosing city life over suburbs. But what if you’re looking for a nice place to raise a family? Not only is a high-rise condo not necessarily an ideal environment, but the neighborhood schools also often are not places you’d want to send your children for a good education.
Family Circle has compiled a list of the 10 best towns for families, based on affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public-school systems and “giving spirits.” The towns are showcased in the August 2012 issue of the magazine.
To create the list, the magazine and a research firm compiled a list of 3,335 towns with populations between 11,000 and 150,000. From those, they pulled areas with a strong concentration of family incomes between $55,000 and $96,000. They then looked at housing affordability, school quality, health care, green space, crime rates and financial stability.
Here is Family Circle’s List of the 10 Best Towns for Families:
- Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.
- Lake Oswego, Ore., a suburb of Portland.
- Vail, Ariz., a suburb of Tucson.
- Fishers, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis.
- Ballwin, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.
- Louisville, Colo., 20 miles from Denver.
- Longmeadow, Mass., in western Massachusetts near Springfield.
- Fort Mill, S.C., 20 miles from Charlotte, N.C.
- Zachary, La., a suburb of Baton Rouge.
- Oak Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.
What do you think about these choices? Are those the criteria you would apply in seeking a family-friendly community?