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The best cities for families

  • July 17, 2012

The best cities for families

When parents decide to relocate their family, there are many factors that contribute to their choice of location. In fact, trying to find the best city to raise a family can become so fraught with importance that accurately weighing the options can feel impossible. Knowing this, the editors at Parenting Magazine decided to compile a list of the nation's best metros for raising children.

Of course, no list can make such a complicated decision for a family, but it can lend insight into which factors to consider when making the choice about where to relocate. Whether moving out of state for a job or just looking to try a new region, the magazine's list can be a useful tool.

Criteria
The makers of the list tried to stick closely to statistics to determine their rankings, but they also included input from readers and more subjective standards such as quality of life.

When relying on data, the source focused most heavily on topics such as education, economy, health, culture and community. In the end, the decision for one region's inclusion over another's was an aggregation of objective and subjective components.

"It wasn't formal. [We] are constantly checking in with our audience via our website and Facebook page, so based on the user comments to last year's Best Cities list and conversations we saw throughout the year, editors took note and made sure to incorporate user feedback as much as possible," Ana Connery, a Parenting editor who oversaw the list, said to The Washington Post.

Patterns
The list covers a wide range of regions and climates. Metro areas ranging from Portland, Maine, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, made the cut. City size also appeared to be inessential, as small and large cities both earned spots.

The Cities
Those metros included on the list were scattered across the country and had a wide variety of strengths. Boston, which topped the list, was chosen for its strong emphasis on education and decorated history.

Other smaller cities, such as Burlington, Vermont, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were selected for their low unemployment rates and strong senses of community.

Relocation
For those looking to experience some of these family-friendly cities, relocation could be a viable option. With their commitment to education, safe streets and welcoming communities, these metros have been known to entice parents and their children.

If you decide to move to one of the areas on the Best Cities for Families List, hiring relocation and moving services could be a big help. A professional household moving company can make the process of moving simple and straightforward, allowing families to focus on starting their new life in one of these welcoming locations.

 

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