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The 50 Best Places to Raise Kids 2013

Here's a state-by-state look at kid-friendly small and medium towns


A new list from Bloomberg Businessweek details the best places to raise children in the U.S.

To prepare the list, Bloomberg and Bloomberg Rankings assembled information from more than 3,200 places with populations between 5,000 and 50,000. Cities were evaluated on schools, safety, cost of housing and other measurements. Median income and unemployment were used to analyze the local job markets.

Here’s a list of each state’s top location.

  • Pelham, Ala. — Located near Birmingham, Pelham is home to the Alabama State Fair.
  • Palmer, Alaska — In the Mat-Su Valley, Palmer is famous for its large vegetables and long summer days.
  • Oro Valley, Ariz. — Near Tucson, Oro Valley’s growth is based on biotech.
  • Bella Vista, Ark. — Near Fayetteville, the town has grown beyond its retirement roots.
  • Walnut, Calif. — A suburb of Los Angeles, Walnut features more than 90 acres of parks.
  • Louisville, Colo. — Not far from Boulder, Louisville has become a high-tech center.
  • Canton, Conn. — Outside of Hartford, Canton lies on the Farmington River.
  • Newark, Del. — Near Wilmington, Newark is home to the University of Delaware.
  • Oviedo, Fla. — Near Orlando, Oviedo is known for its wild chickens.
  • Peachtree City, Ga. — Near Atlanta, this city is criss-crossed with walking paths.
  • Mililani, Hawaii — This town, near Honolulu, started as a planned community in the 1960s.
  • Moscow, Idaho — Nearest to Spokane, Wash., Moscow features the University of Idaho.
  • Geneva, Ill. — A suburb of Chicago, Geneva has a minor-league affiliate of the Cubs.
  • St. John, Ind. — Also near Chicago, St. John features a great deal of parks and recreation space.
  • Ankeny, Iowa — Outside Des Moines, Ankeny has a great bike path on the High Trestle Trail.
  • Lenexa, Kan. — Near Kansas City, Lenexa features the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle each year.
  • Villa Hills, Kent. — South of Cincinnati, Villa Hills has an annual Yard of the Year contest.
  • Mandeville, La. — Across from New Orleans, Mandeville features jazz music all year round.
  • South Berwick, Me. — Near Portland, South Berwick is home to excellent public and private schools.
  • Hampstead, Md. — A Baltimore suburb, Hampstead allows some rights-of-way to be mowed by goats.
  • Littleton, Mass. — West of Boston, Littleton is also an art-friendly town.
  • Saline, Mich. — Near Ann Arbor, Saline holds and annual Celtic Festival.
  • Rogers, Minn. — Outside of Minneapolis, Rogers features top amateur and high school hockey.
  • Brandon, Miss. — Near Jackson, Brandon calls itself a city of “Growth and Stability.”
  • Ballwin, Mo. — With St Louis nearby, Ballwin features a state-of-the-art recreation center.
  • Bozeman, Mont. — Isolated, Bozeman features outdoor activities and the University of Montana.
  • Papillion, Neb. — Near Omaha, Papillion has top public schools.
  • Boulder City, Nev. — Not too far from Las Vegas, Boulder City actually bans gambling.
  • New Boston, N.H. — Near Nashua, New Boston’s high school features a quality robotics team.
  • Norwood, N.J. — In the state’s northeast corner, Norwood has one of New Jersey’s best school districts.
  • Corrales, N.M. — Outside of Albequerque, Corrales features history and festivals.
  • Cornwall, N.Y. — A short drive from New York City, Cornwall features Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River.
  • Holly Springs, N.C. — Near the Research Triangle, Holly Springs has top-flight higher education.
  • Valley City, N.D. — Not too far from Fargo, Valley City has 11 historic bridges.
  • Solon, Ohio — Near Cleveland, Solon has one of the best school systems in the U.S.
  • Jenks, Okla. — A bit from Tulsa, the high school scored a perfect 10 on the great schools test.
  • West Linn, Ore. — Close to Portland, West Linn shows off the historic Willamette neighborhood.
  • Cranberry Township, Penn. — Outside of Pittsburgh, Cranberry Township has a public golf course and waterpark.
  • Jamestown, R.I. — Near Providence, Jamestown sits on Narragansett Bay.
  • Fort Mill, S.C. — Nearest to Charlotte, Fort Mill is near the South Carolina Strawberry Festival
  • Brandon, S.D. — Close to Sioux Falls, Brandon has the Great Bear outdoor recreation park.
  • Signal Mountain, Tenn. — Not too far from Chattanooga, Signal Mountain has the Cumberland Trail and Rainbow Lake.
  • Helotes, Texas — Near San Antonio, Helotes was incorporated only in 1981.
  • Centerville, Utah — On the Great Salt Lake, Centerville features a City Youth Council.
  • Williston, Vt. — Close to Burlington, Williston’s motto is “Old town charm, new town spirit.”
  • Herndon, Va. — A suburb of Washington, D.C., Herndon is on the Dulles Technology Corridor.
  • Maple Valley, Wash. — Outside Seattle, Maple Valley has the Lake Wilderness Lodge.
  • Hurricane, W.V. — Up the interstate from Charleston, Hurricane has won awards from the EPA.
  • Cedarburg, Wis. — Near Milwaukee, Cedarburg’s historic Main Street is a popular attraction.
  • Laramie, Wyo. — Not too far from Cheyenne, Laramie is the home of the University of Wyoming.

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