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July 1, 2013

Ky. cities on list of best places to raise children

LEXINGTON — When it comes to raising children, Lexington is one of the top spots in the United States to live.

That’s according to Children’s Health magazine, which just released its list of 100 best places to raise children. Lexington comes in at No. 6, way ahead of Kentucky’s only other city to make the list — Louisville, which is No. 31.

 “From the moment she finds out she’s expecting, a new parent’s mind begins to construct a fantasy of the perfect place to build a nest: a community that’s safe, nurturing, stimulating and economically sound,” the magazine stated.

 “The editors of Children’s Health wanted to find out where in America such places existed and how we can make the communities we live in today more like that ideal, so we embarked on a comprehensive statistical analysis to rank 100 noteworthy American cities scattered across the country.”

 Considering more than 30 factors, the editors “crunched the numbers” and came up with a list that best complemented family life.

 No. 1 on the list? Burlington, Vt. Among its top attractions: schools’ per-pupil spending and graduation rates, the number with advanced degrees and, because there’s less obesity there than in other U.S. cities, health.

 No information was immediately available about what propelled Lexington into the top 10, but the “quality of life” factors considered were in the areas of employment, health, housing, safety and education and included such variables as cost of living, air quality, obesity rates, crime, physical education requirements by state and cultural attractions.

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