Minneapolis is the Happiest City for Families

It should come as no surprise that the company that introduced the Happy Meal would also commission a study to find "The Happiest Cities for Families." It should also come as no surpise that Minneapolis came out at the top of the happy family list.

Comissioned by McDonald's, Sperling's Best Places set out to find the happiest, family-friendliest cities in America. The results were based on social activities, recreational resources and household expenditures on fun activities. Minneapolis receives high marks for social activities such as neighborhood get-togethers, spending time with friends, and sharing meals with family members.  Researchers also noted that the Minneapolis park system is known as one of the nation's best, providing many sports fields, ample tennis courts, and ample ice rinks.

The rest of the top 10:

2. Atlanta
3. Virginia Beach, Va.
4. Washington
5. Portland, Ore.
6. Denver
7. Baltimore
8. Seattle
9. Kansas City, Mo.
10. Austin, Texas.

Twin Cities communities are really gaining some national attention these days.  Earlier this month, Money Magazine voted Chanhassen as the second-best place to live in the U.S. Chanhassen came in behind only Louisville, Colorado. Additionally, Edina was named by Family Circle in its annual top ten list of best cities and towns for families. Want to join the fun? Check out Minneapolis, Edina, and Chanhassen real estate!

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