The 10 Best Places to Raise a Family

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The 10 Best Places to Raise a Family

Owning a home has always been the American dream.   Though lifestyle expectations have been changing and the declining marriage rate together with the weak economy and the rise in unemployment has effected the housing market, for families with children, owning a home still remains their American Dream. 

Where do families with children choose to live and what are they looking for when they shop for that perfect community??  Communities with good schools, a low crime rates, local employment opportunities, low taxes, a reasonable cost of living, and access to parks and recreation are some of the things that drive the decision process.

Bloomberg and Businessweek.com evaluated 5,418 places to live in the U.S.   The surveys focused on middle-income communities, where the median family income was within 20% of the state median, (According to the U.S. Census Bureau the median family income in 2009 was $61,082,)

Here is a list of the 10 best places to raise a family.  All are near a major city but vary greatly in population size.

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  1. Niles, Illinois  
  2. North College Hill, Ohio
  3. Centerville, Indiana  
  4. Clinton, Tennessee
  5. Knowland Heights, California
  6. Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
  7. Kensington, Connecticut
  8. Varnell, Georgia
  9. Spring Arbor, Michigan
  10. Tilden, Nebraska

Check out  The 10 Best Places to Raise a Family to find out more about what makes each of these communities a special to live and raise a family.

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Rob Thomas
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Leah....nice post. I see Tennessee is in at #4 with Clinton. I think I drove through there one time.....I will have to pay more attention next time! Have a great day!---Rob
 

Jan 27, 2011 03:13 AM #1
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Rob, the closest I get to the top 10 is RIdgfield Park in NJ.  It's actually close by, but alas, I'm not licensed to do business in NJ (though I hope to rectify that this year).

Jan 27, 2011 06:21 AM #2
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Leah,,

Heres a great new story about your fellow rainmaker:

 

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Jan 27, 2011 08:34 AM #3
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Melissa McKinney
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Leah~ Lots of great information! Hope you are having a great day!!

Jan 27, 2011 09:11 AM #4
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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Cheryl, thanks for the update.

Melilssa - Doesn't look like we made the top ten.

Jan 27, 2011 09:21 AM #5
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Joni Bailey
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Where is Riverside, Texas on that list??? SURELY it is number 11! ☺

Jan 27, 2011 03:35 PM #6
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Joni, think they just made a mistake?  Love your attitude, girl!

Jan 28, 2011 04:13 AM #7
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Leah,

 

Interesting choices. I'm from Ohio and didn't even know of Colllege Hill. The things one learns on AR

Jan 28, 2011 02:02 PM #8
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Scott - I never heard of most of these towns either, but then, they're not major one's,, just great family places to live that are near the major towns that we all know.

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