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The 10 Best Cities to Raise Kids, According to Rent.com

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

In a survey of 1,000 people, Rent.com found 34% of parents are raising their kids in a big city. They cited cultural activities, educational opportunities, and population diversity as reasons for city living. Based on parents’ feedback, Rent.com compiled a list of the 10 best cities in America to raise kids. In no particular order:

  • Portland, OR – Portland’s low crime rate and high graduation stats are two of many factors that draw families to this green city.
  • Dallas, TX Children living in Dallas have endless attractions and learning experiences to take advantage of, from zoos to parks to children’s theater.
  • Columbus, OH – Columbus is an affordable city with some of the top public schools in the country and multiple indoor and outdoor themed parks.
  • Omaha, NE – Great public schools, a low crime rate, a low cost of living, and cultural attractions make Omaha a catch.
  • San Diego, CA  This city boasts great weather year-round and tons of kid-friendly attractions, including zoos and aquariums.
  • Austin, TX Austin has a grassroots, neighborhood spirit that makes families proud of belonging to the heart of Texas.
  • Denver, CO  Denver has the largest public parks system of any U.S. city – a draw for active families that love the outdoors.
  • Phoenix, AZ  Phoenix’s fun attractions like the Phoenix Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and plenty of outdoor activities entertain kids of all ages.
  • San Jose, CA  Parents and kids enjoy San Jose for its cultural attractions, including the Children’s Discovery Museum and Happy Hollow Park; plus, the city has a great public transportation system.
  • Seattle, WA  Seattle – known as a science and technology center – boasts an excellent academic reputation and beautiful scenery.

Are you raising your kids in a city? If so, which one and why do you love it?

Image: Small boy in big city, via Shutterstock

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Teaching Your Kids Martin Luther King’s Legacy

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day may have passed, but the important values that surround his legacy continue to live on.  He encouraged understanding, peace, justice, and honesty among people. 

He also advocated for treating everyone as equals regardless of physical, social, or economic reasons.

Nurture important values such as kindness, compassion, and empathy in your children.  Here are guides to help your kids continue Martin Luther King’s dreams for a better tomorrow.

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