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The best place to raise a family? Anywhere as long as the kids have 2 loving parents (mom/dad, dad/dad, mom/mom, I really don't care) who have the financial and social maturity to make raising children their #1 priority. Unless they are living in a war zone, people need quit blaming their failures on their surroundings.
(Should point out many people are single parents due to death or the person they marrywere not who they seemed. While these people do a heroic job raising families, I bet every one of them would think their children would have been better off if they had an equal partner sharing the load.)
Are you kidding?? Des Moines has a terrible school system. So bad most people with kids and care, live in the suburbs. Omaha per capita probably ranks with Chicago in shootings. I live in Lincoln but watch Omaha news just to see how many were shot last night.
These guys from Forbes are nuts. An ideal town to raise a family is one with the best public schools, very high average education in the population, low crime, mutli-cultural, no traffic jams, nearby beautiful beaches, cultural events, best autism school in the state; a place where a young boy runs across a busy street and everyone, on both sides of the roads, stops to help. No state income tax. Finally, terrific weather with no snow! Also, poor children get a chance and do well in the nurturing environment of the schools.
I studied the Unites States and even other countries and found the best city to raise my son and moved there. You can find this place too!
None of the places mentioned meet even half of these criteria. They are very, very poor places not only to live, but to even visit. You could not pay me to live in such horrible areas.
Go back to the drawing board guys. I bet you can't find the perfect place I live!
I was in Cincinnati for a show about 8 years ago, and it was a complete cesspool. Can't imagine it's doing much better in 2014.
I suspect that if you have the funds, anywhere in the country COULD be a good place to raise your child. Money keeps you out of the high crime areas and even more money could put your kids in private schools.
Money money money money money money money money...you get the point.