NEW YORK, NY - BusinessWeek released its fourth annual ranking of the "Best Places to Raise Your Kids." Tinley Park, Illinois was named the nation's best town to raise kids. Partnering with OnBoard Informatics, a New York-based provider of real estate analysis, BusinessWeek selected one town and two runners-up for each of the 50 states.
The Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois, which won the nation's overall best ranking this year, is just an hour north of last year's winner, Mount Prospect, Illinois.
Some communities made the list again this year, including Warner Robins, a military town in Georgia, and the Charlotte suburb of Rock Hill, South Carolina, but most of this year's winning towns are new on the list.
To compile the ranking, BusinessWeek limited the study to towns that have at least 45,000 residents and a median income of between $40,000 and $125,000. Categories analyzed included school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities, and diversity. Affordability, safety, and school test scores were given the greatest weight.
To see BusinessWeek's "Best Places to Raise Your Kids" story and rankings by state, click HERE.