Blogging 100 Best Places to Raise a Family

Blogging 100 Best Places to Raise a Family

Julia Cho
Jul 3, 2008

...and the ten worst. There's a lot to think about when you are deciding where you might settle with a family. You think about housing costs, safety, good schools, and hopefully, some culture. 257 cities were evaluated by Best Life editors and coming in at number one...

Honolulu, it really that surprising?

Here's the rest of the top 25 (happy to find New York, New York is on there!):

2 Virginia Beach, Virginia
3 Billings, Montana
4 Columbus, Georgia
5 San Diego, California
6 Des Moines, Iowa
7 Minneapolis, Minnesota
8 Madison, Wisconsin — Madison has a high number of pediatricians per capita.
9 Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Santa Rosa, California
11 Wichita, Kansas
12 Los Angeles, California
13 Corona, California
14 Austin, Texas
15 Stamford, Connecticut
16 Omaha, Nebraska
17 Naperville, Illinois
18 Fort Wayne, Indiana
19 Springfield, Illinois
20 Boise, Idaho
21 Manchester, New Hampshire
22 South Bay Area, California
23 New York, New York
24 Fontana, California
25 Louisville, Kentucky

And the ten worst:
10 Springfield, Missouri
9 Dayton, Ohio
8 Corpus Christi, Texas
7 Flint, Michigan — Country's highest violent-crime rate
6 Columbia, South Carolina
5 Waco, Texas
4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Fayetteville, North Carolina
2 Beaumont, Texas — Long-standing air-quality challenges
1 Clarksville, Tennessee — Low educational spending: $6,729 per student

Click here for the full list.

(Image by Flickr member kylehase licensed for user under Creative Commons)

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