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Feb 9, 2012 9:54AM
Short answer.  There is no best place to raise kids in this former great nation anymore.
Feb 9, 2012 6:22AM
This list is a complete joke, When you consider Morton Grove would not make the top 20 in Chicagoland suburbs. And Niles West, not a bad school, ranks 131st in the state.
Feb 9, 2012 12:38AM
best places  for rich ppls  spoiled brat kids,  the med income for all these is over 70k a yr   80 and 90k,
Jan 14, 2012 9:19AM
Springfield, Mo. has great schools, 3 good Universities, terrific Boys & Girls Clubs, and is surrounded by beautiful scenery with lakes and rivers everywhere.  The people are exceptionally friendly and unemployment is comparatively low.  The climate is moderate, but seasonal.  It's a terrific place to live and raise a family.  We'd like to keep it a secret, but oh well.
Jan 14, 2012 8:45AM
I agree that this is a poorly written article.  Nothing in the west was listed?  I know of many places that could qualify that are west of the Mississippi.  Time to hit the road and educate yourself.
Jan 6, 2012 8:28AM
wow so apparently there is no where on the west coast for families to raise kids, huh? its not that i have anything against the mid west but if you don't have a job there, well i guess you're out of luck. i would love to see an article that gives the best place for families for each of the top 10 largest cities in the US. that would be much more useful IMO.
Jan 6, 2012 8:14AM
I live in #7 Wells Branch, Texas - My husband and I have traveled all over the world. We love it here and work hard with our neighbors to keep things wonderful. Always looking for good neighbors. Unfortunately the photo posted for Wells Branch is of the City of Austin and not our little piece of Heaven. We are nestle securely between FM 1325 to the west and IH35 to the east. We have the benefits of being a little city, country, city. Wells Branch sits atop a hill where we always enjoy pleasant breezes, the stars shine at night and the lights from the State Capitol, University of Texas Tower and City of Austin can be seen from from some points. To the north of us is the rapidly growing community of Round Rock, Texas which is home to one of the larger Dell Computer campuses. We have a quiet community, that offers a lot of things to do for all ages.  In addition to the Basketball Fowl Shot contest, Wells Branch host an Annual Fourth of July Parade/Festival, Thanksgiving Potluck, Youth Contest Fishing from Mills Pond, a variety of water fowl, a Christmas Illuminary Celebration, a New Year's Eve Party, Easter Egg Hunt, Movies in the Park,  activities for all ages at the community library and  recreation center. Oh and in addition to our parks, trails and pond we have an active community garden. The Travis County Sheriff host his Annual Expo of county services and businesses every summer here. This is just a few of the things Wells Branch offers. Our community is a make up of diverse races, cultures and nationalities which makes Wells Branch even more special. Take a look at us you won't be disappointed.
Jan 6, 2012 7:46AM
Do they take into account all of the recent crime that has taken place at VT?
Jan 6, 2012 7:18AM
Belle Plaine is one of the worst places to raise your kids! There has been a steady increase in Meth labs and gangs. People are moving OUT. Meth has particularly increased due to it's location, out of the way from major policing but still accessible to the major drug routes. Not to mention the fact that the representative for the region is a religious nut controlled by his wife who goes as far to reduce all public education funding in promotion of home schooling. The only competition he received in 2010 was a twenty year old whose incompetence starts with his inability to pass a drug test if it were ever given to him. They should really double check their facts before electing cities which are so "great". I am glad to have moved out.
Jan 6, 2012 6:52AM

Is this the best info Business Week can come up with. I certainly wouldn't base any decision  I would make off of uniformed information like this.

Jan 6, 2012 5:59AM
I am an Alumni of Virginia Tech.  I agree that it would be a great place to raise a family.  All the resident that I met during my years at Tech (1989-1993) has strong family unit.  Divorce rate was low, education involvement was high, and community events were high.  I wasn't interested in elementary, jr high, or high school scores at that time, so I can't comment on that.  It is a college town.  When Va. Tech is out during the summer, it does feel like a ghost town at times..

Having moved to Sammamish, WA, I would have to say we are very happy.  Crime here is very low,  academics is taken very seriously here and schools are excellent.  Community involvement is very high as well.  As for median income, I would speculate it would be about $130,000 or above.  Most of my neighbors works for Microsoft, Google, or Amazon.  The median price for a house in my neighborhood is around $525,00 - $650,000.  

I am happy here so far since we moved from Washington DC area in May 2011.  
Jan 6, 2012 5:52AM

I'm also wondering why no Massachusetts. I'm in Shrewsbury and our schools are in the top one or two percent in the country. We are also a stones throw from all of the museums and various cultural opportunites in NYC and Boston. Not to mention surrounded by beaches, mountains, ski slopes, hiking etc. I lived in or near several of the cities on the above list and couldn't "disagree" more with some of the choices...

Jan 6, 2012 5:36AM
Pretty rude & narrow minded comment MARZ7142
Jan 6, 2012 4:53AM

I've lived on the east coast my entire 46 years and can say with relative certainty that any school system with "average" test scores above 90%  have significantly inflated these scores.  There are lots of tricks school systems use to accomplish this.  Most people (with higher incomes) flock to areas based on these scores thereby driving up the average income levels which,in turn, starts a cycle of trying to preserve / drive-up property values.  The school systems are not necessarily all they are cracked up to be, but a bit of denial helps us feel special.  "Safety of area" and crime rates can also be fudged, but are a more reliable way of finding a good area to live.  If a student is interested in learning, these bloated test and SAT scores are moot.  Behavior, attitude and sense of community are much more difficult to find and teach...these don't show up in the test scores.

Dec 31, 2011 3:50PM
Massachusetts has the best schools, PreK-16, in the country and are as good as any schools on earth. So who's the rocket scientist who put this list together?
Dec 31, 2011 12:11PM

Maybe move folks will now stay on the East coast and stop moving West. We like our slow  lifestyle in Washington State and would love it if if folks from the East would stay to the east. 

Dec 10, 2011 3:39AM
I like how the number one place to raise your kids is boasted as the city where Virginia Tech is. Authors might have thought about publishing this on the heels of the recent shooting. If I can't raise my kids anywhere safer than that I don't want to know about it. Also, agreement with the posts below. What's wrong with the west?
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