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Top 10 best US cities for families (10 items)

By , Deseret News

June 13, 2014

The United States is an extremely mobile country compared to most of the world. A Gallup survey in 2013 found that 24 percent of Americans reported moving in the last five years, putting the U.S. above nearly every other country.

According to the Census Bureau, 11.7 percent of the population moved between 2012 and 2013. And 30 percent of those who moved did so for "family-related reasons," the Wall Street Journal reported.

To assist families, both young and old, who are considering moving this year, Wallet Hub released a list ranking 150 U.S. cities on their levels of family-friendliness.

The report uses several factors to determine the rankings, including family fun, safety, affordability, education and child care and the social and economic environment of the city.

The top 10 best cities for families are ...

1 of 10. Amarillo, Texas

The second Texas city to crack the top 10, Amarillo ranked ninth for education and child care and 10th for affordability.

Amarillo, population 195,250, is sustained economically mainly through agribusiness and education.

The cost of living is 7.6 below the national average, according to Forbes.

2 of 10. Gilbert, Arizona

Gilbert, population 221,140, ranked third for affordability and sixth for socio-economic environment.

Gilbert has "the highest percentages of 'family households' in the state," according to the city website.

The median income is $71,207, which is $25,000 higher than the median income of the state.

3 of 10. Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is ranked first overall for family fun and activities and fourth for socio-economic environment.

The city, population 298,610, offers many nature-themed activities for families, including plays and movies about Alaska, hiking trails and bear and salmon viewings.

Forbes listed Anchorage at No. 5 for job growth in the country.

According to City-data.com, "Anchorage is the state's primary transportation, communications, trade, service, and finance center." The oil and gas industries, military bases, transportation industry and tourism industry offer plenty of opportunities for employment.

4 of 10. Lincoln, Nebraska

This Midwestern city of 265,404 ranked first for affordability and fifth for socio-economic environment.

According to Forbes, Lincoln has an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, and the cost of living is 10.2 percent lower than the national average. It is also ranked fourth on Forbes' list of Best Places for Business and Careers, and was included on Livability.com's Top 10 list of cities with the most affordable health care.

The city also has a children's zoo and children's museum, as well as many parks, gardens and other wildlife areas that will entertain young children, according to Tripbuzz.com.

5 of 10. Virginia Beach, Virginia

The coastal city and popular tourist destination, population 447,021, ranked seventh for education and 12th for socio-economic environment.

All Virginia Beach public high schools were ranked among the most challenging high schools in the nation in a report by the Washington Post. The district has recently implemented a program that aims to have 95 percent of the class of 2015 graduated and college-ready.

The economy is based mainly on "private enterprise, thriving tourism and a strong military presence," according to City-data.com.

1. djofraleigh
raleigh, NC,
June 13, 2014

Go west young families -- Virginia Beach in the east is all there is east of the Mississippi.
Note that being where YOUR family is, and your life long friends are, are NOT on the list of criteria.