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May 18, 2014 5:48PM
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What a FARCE. The previous survey had Memphis as one of the country's most dangerous cities and now this one calls it a city for kids. What fools write this stuff?
Mar 24, 2014 4:40AM
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Raleigh is a great city and a great place to grow up  especially with three acc schools fifteen minutes from each other,,ncsu,unc,duke university,,go wolfpack
Feb 21, 2014 7:35AM
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How could Phoenix be on any list for being the best of anything, where do these people get their information. Although the title was misleading> Please do not bring your children to Arizona thinking their is something great here, unless you want a poor education, nothing for middle income families too do everything for families is too expensive, no amusement parks no real lakes or beaches etc etc


Feb 20, 2014 7:40PM
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Check out some of the state test scores of the schools in each of these cities. Seems to me this should be titled "Cities most populated with children." Then it wouldn't be such a surprise.
Feb 20, 2014 5:49PM
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Tell me how Memphis made the list for best cities for kids? No amusement parks, no water parks, no nothing. I was born and raised in Memphis, it's terrible for a kid. Not to mention poor schools and low test scores. I moved away from Memphis last year, life been great since lol.
Feb 19, 2014 9:24PM
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This article just validated the lack of credibility of MSNBC. I can see next weeks article:  "The top ten safest tourist attractions for U.S. citizens". Would number one be Afghanistan or North Korea?? Any bets?
Feb 19, 2014 8:38PM
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San Bernardino..?   Who's kidding who..?     IS  THE CITY  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY PAYING THE AUTHOR TO WRITE THIS ARTICLE.......?       Most retail stores are shuttered, it riddled with  boarded up houses, shopping centers, it even smells..!!  Its trashy, dirty and a filthy place. Nothing but crime and gangs.!!       No one, not even  ****ers feel safe in this city let alone a child.  Even the illegal immigrants avoid this town,   because lack of opportunity and employment.   
Feb 19, 2014 8:18PM
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Are you kidding me at least 4 out of 10 of the cities are always featured on my favorite show "The First 48" on A&E lol. Who comes up with these list anyways?
Feb 19, 2014 8:07PM
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atlanta? really? I mean, they've got a cool aquarium, but that's no excuse to raise a kid there. 
Feb 19, 2014 8:06PM
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This is the dumbest list EVER! We live in UT and just north of  SLC and the pollution in SLC  is the worst in the Nation! Don't believe me? Look it up. Kids can't even play outside half the damn time! Kid friendly my A$$!

Feb 19, 2014 7:34PM
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I echo the prevailing view here: This list is idiotic.  And aside from the demographic numbers, there is no reason given for why these places are kid-friendly.  Using the author's logic, we should regard cities like Baghdad and Kabul and Karachi and Cairo and Benghazi and Mogadishu as great places for kids, since a huge percentage of their populations are under age 14. 
Feb 19, 2014 5:57PM
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How silly that the basis is set on % of children as the population.  That might actually be a negative as poor families living in cities tend to have more kids.  
Feb 19, 2014 5:32PM
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Ok... San Bernadino/Riverside??? you have GOT to be kidding!  Most of San Diego, Riverside, and a good portion of Los Angeles (and I moved from San Diego a year ago) are run down, crime ridden, and extremely expensive places to live.  The ONE redeeming feature: the weather is nice.  And as someone who grew up in San Diego, I can confirm that the schools might look good from a distance, but they are utter crap.  I think it would be interesting to see how most public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles would rate if the overall rates of bullying and abuse students suffer would compare to other areas of the country.  Overall, nice place to visit... glad I am not living there anymore.
Feb 19, 2014 5:28PM
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San Bernardino! Sure if you want your kid to have asthma and and join a gang. Pollution and thugs abound!
Feb 19, 2014 5:06PM
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San Antonio is a terrible place for children, The schools are horrible. I couldn't wait to be able to move my kids out of there. The one redeeming feature was the Sea Cadet unit there.
Feb 19, 2014 4:32PM
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Memphis??? Are you kidding? If I ever wanna get shot and Baltimore is too far away, I'll head to Memphis.
Feb 19, 2014 3:54PM
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It all starts with the parents no matter where you live. The parents have to make the time to make sure their children get involved in school and the  activities there, church, trips to museums, parks,
sports, libraries, scouts, etc.
 The parents need together to get involved volunteering their time in planning chaperoning, transporting in group activities. Unless of course they are looking for just a daycare. It is a lot of work but can be enjoyable. Especially when you see the the results.

Feb 19, 2014 3:49PM
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I moved away from Riverside, CA, as soon as I started having children. NOT a safe place to raise your children.
Feb 19, 2014 3:47PM
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This is not an article about which cities are the best for kids.  It merely points out where the highest population of kids under the age of 14 live.  These two items have NOTHING in common.  Completely misleading article!!!!  And by the way, those who have like 10 kids do not tend to live in "nice" cities with "normal" activities for kids, but rather are just getting by or receiving help from the government and live in crime ridden or non-desirable areas.  Are these really the areas MSN wants to promote are the best cities for kids?
Feb 19, 2014 3:42PM
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I grew up in Chicago later to move  to Oviedo Fl  family orientated with great schools near Orlando my son was five at the time we have had an awesome time living here year round sports baseball, basketball ect.. passes to all the amusement parks, water parks, fishing, biking, tennis, beach ect..  felt blessed to do so can go outside anytime of the year  I know as a child I never had this much fun growing up we were always stuck indoors due to yucky weather I do miss my Chicago pizza and beef sandwiches I get my fill when I go home!
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