Livability.com Names the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids, 2014

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Annual list ranks America’s top cities for kids.

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"These cities not only offer great schools, playgrounds and low crime rates, they also give children opportunities to live healthy lifestyles and engage in a multitude of activities with other kids."

It’s only natural for parents to want what’s best for their kids and offer them every possible advantage. With this in mind, Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids, 2014. These cities not only offer great schools, playgrounds and low crime rates, they also give children opportunities to live healthy lifestyles and engage in a multitude of activities with other kids.

For this list of cities, editors first identified cities with high concentrations of school-age children, then took a look at how their schools stacked up and analyzed factors like childhood mortality rates, health insurance coverage, crime rates and the percentage of restaurants that feature kids’ menus.

Also taken into account were the number of parks, playgrounds, libraries and recreational venues geared specifically for children, as well as the availability of great options for parents.

“Having kids and when those kids start school are two of those key moments in a person’s life when they consider relocation,” says Livability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “These cities and towns have a compelling story to tell about why they should move to the top of the list for young families.”

Top 10 Best Cities for Kids, 2014
Boise, ID
Downers Grove, IL
Overland Park, KS
Cedar Rapids, IA
Plano, TX
Carmel, IN
Brentwood, TN
Palo Alto, CA
Royal Oak, MI
Newton, MA

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