Magazine Ranks Best Cities for Families; Washington, DC Takes Top Slot

Parenting magazine has published its annual list of the 100 best cities for families to live in, ranking cities based on 8,000 pieces of data covering school quality, home affordability, job availability, crime rates, and green space. The top 10 cities are:

  1. Washington, District of Columbia
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Boston, Massachusetts
  4. St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota
  5. Des Moines, Iowa
  6. Madison, Wisconsin
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Omaha, Nebraska
  9. Seattle, Washington
  10. Louisville, Kentucky

The magazine said this about Washington, DC, its top choice:

The history, the government, the breathtaking architecture and inspiring monuments—you don't have to be a child to get an amazing education in this city. Our nation's capital is also known for its plenitude of museums—in fact, there are 44, second only to the Big Apple! If your kid enjoys visiting the National Air and Space Museum, imagine fostering his love of airplanes with trips to nearby Gravelly Point Park for front-seat views of the takeoffs and landings at Reagan National Airport. The Capital Crescent Trail, a hard-surface trail from Georgetown to Bethesda, MD, developed on an abandoned rail bed, is a great bike trip that is off the beaten track.

Family dinner nights are easy at quirky local favorites like Matchbox restaurants or Busboys & Poets—both provide a place adults and kids can enjoy. And, of course, any child growing up in Washington, DC, will have a special place in his heart for the famous cherry blossoms and festival held each spring.

The bottom 5 cities are all in California (Fresno, Long Beach, Bakersfield, Riverside, and Anaheim), preceded by Las Vegas, Nevada.

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How do you feel your city should rank as a place for families to live?

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