Thursday, May 22, 2008

Columbus, Ga. more family friendly than Chuck E. Cheese!

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 8:14 PM

Best Life, the glossy Bible for handsome middle-aged men who like to do crunches in the shower, ranked the top 100 U.S. cities based on how conducive they are to successfully raising a family. Honolulu is the best, Clarkesville, Tenn., is the worst. Atlanta, somewhat unsurprisingly, ranked no. 61.

But that's not the news. Guess what Georgia city is the fourth best place in the country to raise your brood?

Best Life, Best Places to Raise Your Family, Columbus

Yip...wha? Nothing against you, Columbus, but...huh? What am I missing?

Here's what they based the list on:

But fathers face reality when they're not in prime time. They want to raise their children somewhere safe, where they can attend good schools with favorable student-teacher ratios, above-average test scores, and respectable budgets. Plenty of museums, parks, and pediatricians also contribute to a good quality of life, whereas multihour commutes, expensive houses, and divorcing friends and neighbors do not. Best Life editors used these categories and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, FBI, American Association of Museums, National Center for Health Statistics, and American Bar Association to evaluate 257 cities.

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