By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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 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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