10 Best Places for Families to Live: Did Your City Make the Cut?
Judging by school district and median home prices, ZipRealty has come up with a family-friendly ranking of major metropolitan areas in the U.S.ZipRealty.com recently did a study to find out which are the 10 Best Places for Families to Live. They measured this by analyzing the top school districts and housing prices in each area.
For the study, the highest-rated public school districts in 23 major metropolitan areas nationwide were considered alongside the median price per square foot for homes in those districts. This is the second year the study has been run, and it came as a bit of a surprise that Minneapolis, Austin, New York’s Westchester County and Portland all made the list for the second time.
Minneapolis may be known for its cold winters and warm accents, but for now it's also be known as the best place in the U.S. for families to live. It came first on the list because the area’s Delano Public School District is especially good, with a high 9.2 out of 10 rating. Add that to the fact that the median price per square foot is only $101, and you have a place where families can afford nice homes and their children can get an excellent education without having to pay pricy tuition fees.
Coming in at a close second is the Charlotte, N.C., area, especially in the Fort Mill School District, which gets a school score of 9.1 and has median housing prices of only $102 per square foot. The Dallas area, in the Lovejoy Independent School District is third — Lovejoy also gets a 9.1 rating, but median housing prices jump to $114 per square foot in that part of Texas. The largest city on the top 10 list, Chicago, comes in fourth, because of St. Charles C.U.S.D. 303 receiving a 9.0 rating, and houses in that area with a median price of $122 per square foot.
To see if your city and school district rank on the list of 10 Best Places for Families to Live, flip through the photo gallery below. If you have children and are considering a major move, you might want to give these areas top consideration.