Austin: Best City for Young Families in the U.S.
Are you planning on having kids soon? Or, do you already have a few active juniors and are now looking for the perfect place to raise them in? You might want to look into living in Austin, as it has been recently named “The Best City for Young Families”.
A study conducted by personal finance website ValuePenguin determined that Austin is the most family-friendly city by using 16 key metrics that fit into 5 categories. Ranking 1st out of 156 cities included in the study is truly an amazing feat.
Austin also ranks 3rd for education and environment. The city may have attained the highest individual score due to the high percentage of kids living in the city and the high rankings of its state university.
The city proves to be ideal for working parents as well. It ranks 10th for its thriving economy and low divorce rates. For enjoyable outdoor activities, Austin ranks 17th for its nice, mild weather and proximity of sports stadiums—giving kids many options to go outside their homes and have fun.
The downside of living in Austin, however, concerns affordability and cost of living. The study gave the Texas capital the 103rd spot for real estate due to high rent and mortgage payments, expensive living costs, and real estate taxes.
Austin also ranks 121st in the safety and healthcare category due to the high crime rates recorded in recent years and low ratings of hospitals situated in the area.
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