By: Crystal Cook
We want the best for our families and where we choose to live is no exception. What makes one city more desirable than another is subjective, since we all have our own criteria for that perfect place we’d like to call home.
Every year, dozens of helpful lists are published to assist us in making this monumental decision. Trouble is, each list is as unique as the cities themselves.
Still, the lists are often insightful and almost always teeming with facts and statistics about the cities and states they have deemed the best.
According to a small sampling of these lists, the top cities to raise a family are Middleton, Wis., Sudbury, Mass., and Western Springs, Ill. Coming in at second place are Hanover, N.H., Manhasset, N.Y., and Deerfield, Ill. Rounding out the top three are Louisville, Co., Richboro, Pa., and Echelon, N.J.
Another important factor to consider is the school system. Luckily there are lists for the best of those as well, and it seems Bainbridge, Wash., and Washington, D.C., have the best school districts in the nation. Second best goes to Sudbury, Mass. and Madison, Wis., followed by Allison Park, Pa. and Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
The health and well-being of our families is always a top priority, so living somewhere you feel safe and secure is important. Sugarland, Texas, Newton, Mass., and Portland, Or. appear to have the lowest crime indexes for 2010. Newton, Mass., made more than one list as the No. 1 safest city in the United States, followed by Yuma, Ariz., Clarkstown, N.Y., and Bergenfield, N.J. Also included in the top three are Lawrenceville, Ga., Mission Viejo, Ca. and Potomac, Md.
Every city has its pros and cons. However, the perfect place to settle down and watch your children grow is wherever you are together as a family.