Best Place to Raise Kids

Great Falls Montana Named The Best Place to Raise Children

by BusinessWeek and the Montana News Station

If you're looking for a wonderful place to raise children, a new study says you'll find just what you're looking for in Great Falls, Montana.

Business Week magazine named Great Falls the best place under the Big Sky to raise kids.

The criteria for this sutdy included variables such as air quality, job growth, family income, and amenities such as museums, parks, and theaters. Business Week says the biggest factors are affordability, school test scores, and safety.

A few key ingrediants went into making Great Falls hit the mark, including the city's close proximity to the Missouri River and waterfalls; being home to Malmstrom Air Force Base; and a low cost of living.

As we did last year, we teamed up with OnBoard Informatics, a New York-based provider of real estate analysis, to select one town and two runners-up for each of the 50 states. The selections were limited to towns that have at least 45,000 residents and a median income of between $40,000 and $125,000.

We used the same criteria to rank the towns, but we shifted the weights slightly to come up with what we consider better results. The data we used included school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities, and diversity.

information provided by Montana News Station

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