10 best towns for raising a family

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.’

When you’re looking for the right place to live, your judgment is based upon a variety of factors, including where you are in your life. That hip downtown loft, which you find delightful as a young single, probably won’t work for a family of four.

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?

Good Sunday Morning To All My Friends! It’s Been Way Too Long!

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Good Morning, my sweets! How are you doing today? Me, well the pic says it all, lol! It was a fantastic morning till I heard the News. They are forecasting another day in the 100’s. This is our fourth day of 100 degree weather and it is suppose to last all week. But I consider myself very fortunate. I think about all those poor souls in Ohio, Washington and Virginia. All of them without their electricity, no a/c, no fans, the food going to ruin, it is simply awful. At least I am fortunate enough to have electricity and fans. My A/C is still tore up. While I was in the hospital, someone came out and looked at it. They determined I needed a whole new system, oh, brother! Is there any rich, single male Witches out there, lol! Just kidding or am I? I am just tired of the heat.

After being in the hospital for heat stroke, I am not suppose to be in the heat at all. I have tired to do the blog, honestly I have. But when it is too hot in the office, I start it and then I have to quit. I just can’t stand the heat at all now. So now you know where I have been, since the blog hasn’t been updated daily. I am going to try to get up earlier in the mornings and perhaps it will get done.

I wanted you to know that I haven’t run off and deserted you. I appreciate your patience with me and also all of your well wishes. It means a lot to me. Perhaps one of these days, we will get back to normal (whatever that is, lol!). Anyway I am going to run for now and get busy. I hope you have a great weekend.

Stay Cool,

Blessings to you and yours,

Lady A