Blogging msnbc.com: 100 Best Places to Raise a Family

Blogging msnbc.com: 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, Hawaii...is 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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