Buying a Home: The 10 Best Cities for Families

Grade Your City

Thanks to a host of online sites, you can discover little publicized facts about your town -- or somewhere that you're thinking of moving. Check these out to see if you should keep your address.

Schools: For the student-teacher ratio at any U.S. public school, search the National Center for Education Statistics' Web site at Get the scoop on schools that have received the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Schools Award at

Childcare: Get the mandated child-to-staff ratios for your state from the National Child Care Information Center's site at

Clean air: Download air quality statistics by city from the Environmental Protection Agency at

Crime: Search crime stats for your city at, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's site.

Playmates: Look up the U.S. Census's ranking of 245 metro areas by the percentage of children under 5 at

Go to to see how your city compares to others in 30 categories, including crime, schools, and the job market.

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