St. Paul, Minneapolis rank high on list of best places to raise children

St. Paul ranks 12th and Minneapolis 18th on a new list of the 100 best places to raise children, published by Children’s Health magazine.

Must be something in the air on the east side of the Mississippi River that gives St. Paul the edge.

Actually, the rankings were based on employment, health, housing, safety, education and family life.

The top 10:

   1. Burlington, Vt., because, the magazine said: “The schools’ per-pupil spending and graduation rates rank near the top of the country, as does the percentage of the population with advanced degrees and the median family income. And, as is often the case, wealth leads to health—there’s less obesity here than anywhere else in the country, possibly because the city also has the fewest fast-food restaurants per capita.”
   2. Madison, Wis.
   3. Fargo, N.D.
   4. Lincoln, Neb.
   5. Fremont, Calif.
   6. Lexington, Ky.
   7. Honolulu, Hawaii
   8. Cheyenne, Wyo.
   9. Omaha, Neb.
  10. Yonkers, N.Y.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/21/2009 - 10:31 am.

    Judging the quality of a thing (education) by it’s cost was the first indication that this list was not to be taken seriously, but seeing Detroit, MI on the list sealed the deal for me.

  2. Submitted by Howard Miller on 10/21/2009 - 05:58 pm.

    When i reviewed the list i assumed that cities near the bottom of the list did not qualify for a label “best” of anything.

    Detroit is dead last of 100 cities. I suspect that’s the least desireable place to raise a child right now, which conforms to Thomas Swift’s and my common sense.

  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/21/2009 - 09:43 pm.

    I think that Howard has a much better understanding of the survey results. It is quite common for our state and its cities honored for their many fine attributes.

    “the rankings were based on employment, health, housing, safety, education and family life.’ Kinda of hard to spin that fact. But one can try I suppose.

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