Saint Paul and Minneapolis Among Best Cities for Families

Children's Health magazine has released its report on the 100 Best (and Worst) Places to Raise a Family. It ranks 100 American cities according to their family-friendliness. The City of St. Paul came in at 12th and Minneapolis ranked at 18th. Detroit came in last. The magazine's editors developed their list by 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 know that Saint Paul and Minneapolis are great places to live and raise a family, these national reports just tell the rest of the country. Residents of other local Twin Cities communities would also know that more Minnesota towns have appeared in similar lists this year.

Sperling's Best Places and McDonald's Happy Meals ranked Minneapolis as the happiest, family-friendliest city in America. 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 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, also great news for families with kids. The entire state of Minnesota was ranked second in an annual Kids Count assessment of children’s well-being in the U.S., which measures the general well-being of children in the state.

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