mom dad baby and toddlerIt seems the answer depends on what you measure. Here’s some results of a few different studies determining the Best Places to Raise Kids. Criteia includes economic well-being, schools, health care access, family services, and community support for families.

 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count Book, measure states based on: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, Family and Community. The 2014 Kid Count Report shows:

1. Massachusetts

2. Vermont 

3.  Iowa

4. New Hampshire

5.  Minnesota

6. North Dakota

7. Connecticut

8. New Jersey

9. Virginia

10. Nebraska

Forbes sources include: Census Bureau, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, National Association of Home Builders, Wells Fargo, Texas Transportation Institute, FBI, Greatschools.org.

1. Grand Rapids, Michigan

2. Boise, Idaho

3. Provo, Utah

4. Youngtown, OH

5. Raleigh, North Carolina

6. Poughkeepsie, New York

7. Omaha, Nebraska

8. Ogden, Utah

9. Cincinnati, Ohio

10. Worchester, Massachusetts

Bloomburg Rankings  gathered data information from over than 3,200 places with populations  of 5,000 and 50,000. Then evaluated them on schools, safety, cost of housing and other measurements. Median income and unemployment were used to analyze the local job markets. They chose a best city in each state

Here’s a partial list, not in order of best, they chose one for each state,  see Bloomberg Businessweek  for full list

1.     Walnut, CA

2.     Louisville, CO

3.     Moscow, ID

4.     South Berwick, MA

5.     Ballwin, MO

6.     Bozeman, MT

7.     Solon, OH

8.     Helotes, TX

9.     Maple Valley, WA

10.  Laramie, WY

Kiplingers

Criteria: Overall  they looked at cities with high household incomes compared to living costs, with a high percentage of families with children under 18, and low crime rates.

Then specifically: spending per student and the quality of local school districts, availability of public parks, playgrounds and libraries.  And each city’s average income for families — as opposed to median income for all households . Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/ -10-Great Cities to raise Your Kids  – May 2012

Top Ten Best Places to Raise Children

1.     Omaha, Neb.

2.     Richland, Wash.

3.     Suwanee, Ga.

4.     Thousand Oaks, Calif.

5.     East Grand Rapids, Mich.

6.     Appleton, Wis.

7.     Sunnyvale, Calif.

8.     Middletown, N.Y.

9.     Corona, Calif.

10.Stamford, Conn.

 

Foundation for Child Development

Criteria: Based on the annual Child Well Being Index (CWI), a state-by-state comparison of quality of life for kids. Researchers found a link between high tax rates and public investments in kids (like education and Medicaid) and higher child well-being scores. They used these 28 factors to make determinations of places to raise kids: family economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, education attainment, community engagement, social relationships and emotional/spiritual well-being — to calculate overall child well-being. Report released in 2012 .

Best Places to Raise Children

1.    New Jersey

2.    Massachusetts

3.    New Hampshire

4.    Utah,

5.    Connecticut

6.    Minnesota

7.    Iowa,

8.    North Dakota,

9.    Maryland

10. New York.

We all hear it  about neighborhoods and cities where we live or wish we did, “it’s a good place to raise kids”.  Is where you live a good place to raise kids? What criteria do you use ?

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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