10 Best Cities to be a Kid

U.S. News and World Report looks at crime rates, schools, number of children and green spaces to compile this list of the 10 Best Places to Grow Up.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Plano, Texas make the list.

"If you could create the ideal community to raise a child in, what ingredients would you include? First off, you'd probably want a low crime rate. A strong school system would also be key. From there, you'd need lots of other children, expansive green spaces to play in, and plenty of nearby family events. Toss in an abundance of artistic and recreational activities, and all of a sudden you've got one heck of a place to grow up. At U.S. News, we wanted to find out if any communities like that already existed-and if so, where they were located."

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um, barf.

all these places also sound like locales that have more gas stations than bookstores. which reminds me why i have my mental list of 10 best places to have an abortion.

um, barf?

I don't get the impression that any of these locales have more gas stations than bookstores. I do think it is difficult for our generation to value physical activity and conservation over air conditioned bookstores, however. Or--if not our generation, just you. Judge much?

how does "gas station" = "physical activity"

Not to speak for that other person, but I suspect the criticism was that with the exception of Boston, the top cities on the list are mostly places where you would have to DRIVE to get to any of those physical activities.

And last I checked, kids aren't supposed to be driving.

Suburbs And Physical Activity

Exactly right. Walking is an every-day physical activity that is not accommodated in most suburbs - which is why suburbs have higher rates of obesity than cities.

Charles Siegel

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