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.
August 23, 2009, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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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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Published on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 in U.S. News And World Report
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