Parenting magazine just released a list of the top places to raise a family and Madison Wisconsin snagged third.
1. Arlington, VA
According to Parenting magazine, Madison Wisconsin is the third best city in the country for families.
Here are the results of the cities that made it into the top 10:
2. Austin, TX
3. Madison, WI
4. Ann Arbor, MI
5. Lexington, KY
6. Portland, OR
7. Spokane, WA
8. Scottsdale, AZ
9. Omaha, NE
10. Raleigh, NC
How did Parenting magazine determine the top 10? They surveyed mothers nationwide to determine the factors Mom consider to be most important when deciding where to make a home. Then they compiled a list of the top 100 cities by population according to the U.S. Census. Over 5,000 data points were gathered in 52 different categories in order to devise rankings for categories such as economy, education, health, safety, and recreation. The findings were averaged and then weighted with the most weight being given to education, economy, and safety. The best overall scores were then determined.
California cities were at the bottom of the list, presumably due to the median price of a home which is still sky-high at almost $700K. Austin, Texas, a favorite comparison to Madison, came in second. Portland, Oregon ranked 6th with a median sales price of $252,600. Madison, Wisconsin ranked third with a median sale price at just $107,000. Yes, believe it or not, you can still buy a starter home in Madison Wisconsin for right around $100K. In fact, as of 6/18/10 there were 14 homes for sale in Madison priced under $100,000.
How do you feel about Madison's third place ranking? Which neighborhoods and nearby Madison communities do you think are best for kids?
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