Minneapolis and Saint Paul Among Best Cities for Families

The 100 Best (and Worst) Places to Raise a Family by Children's Health magazine ranks 100 American cities according to their family-friendliness. St. Paul came in at 12th and Minneapolis was 18th. Detroit was dead last. The magazine's editors developed the ranking formula assessing 29 quality-of-life variables including household income, unemployment, air quality, infant mortality, home prices and even the number of fast-food restaurants per capita.

Residents of the Twin Cities of course know that Saint Paul and Minneapolis are great places to live. Residents of other local communities and regular readers of this blog would also know that more Minnesota towns have appeared in similar lists this year.

In July, Sperling's Best Places and McDonald's Happy Meals ranked Minneapolis as the happiest, family-friendliest city in America. Also in July, Money Magazine named Chanhassen as one of the best places in the nation to live for "small towns," defined as having a population between 8,500 and 50,000. And, in July, Family Circle named Edina the Best Minnesota Community for Families, too.

In September, seven schools in Minnesota are among 314 nationwide to be designated by the U.S. Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools. The whole state of Minnesota was ranked second in an annual Kids Count assessment of children’s well-being in the U.S.

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