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Monday, April 28, 2014

Two Utah cities among top 10 best cities to raise a family

MSN Real Estate recently published an article entitled, "10 best cities to raise a family," and we are proud to announce that Provo and Ogden Utah were two of cities named.  

The rankings were based off of the following criteria:
  • Median household income (data from Census Bureau)
  • Cost of Living Index (Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness)
  • Housing affordability (the percentage of homes in the area affordable to those making the local median income, via the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo)
  • The percentage of residents who own their homes (Census Bureau)
  • Average commuting delays (Texas Transportation Institute)
  • Crime-rate rankings (FBI via CQ Press)
  • Local school quality (greatschools.org)
The state of Utah happens to fall high up in the rankings as far as low unemployment, low crime, and a reasonable cost of living.  

Provo, Utah placed at Number 10.  Though the housing in Provo is considered on the expensive side, the high income, good schools and low crime make it a family Mecca.  

Ogden, Utah falls higher up at Number 3.  Ogden is considered one of the 100 largest metros, biggest spread in the country between median household income and cost of living.  The crime rate is also one of the lowest in the country.  

Some of the other cities included in the article were Grand Rapids, MI, Omaha, NE, Youngstown, OH, Des Moines, IA, and Boise ID.  Raleigh, NC came in at Number 1.  

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