Parents announced the results of its exclusive, data driven survey to identify the best CITIES across the country FOR BABIES. The communities featured in the magazine’s 1st ever roundup of perfect places for young families to call home, combine affordable housing, safety, good neighbors, access to pediatricians and babysitters and even plenty of baby swings at the park.
The results of the comprehensive survey, as well as a complete listing of the cities ranked 11-100, appear in the November 2010 issue of Parents.
According to the Parents survey, the 10 Best Cities for Babies are:
Fort Wayne, Indiana
St. Paul, Minnesota
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Parents found that Lincoln is a breath of fresh air, literally. It was the only city in the survey not to exceed the ozone or particle pollution thresholds on any day in 2009. Healthy air adds up to a lower rate of childhood asthma.
“Babies aren't fussy about their zip code. But for moms and dads, their hometown during those important early years of parenthood can make a big difference in quality of life,” says Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents. “Affordable, active and easy to get around, our Top Ten Cities for Babies are the perfect spots for young families.”
For a complete list of the cities ranked 11-100, go to:
Parents used U.S. Census information to assemble an initial list of the 100 most populated U.S. cities. Each of those cities was then assessed using 35 predetermined factors that young families should consider when deciding where to live. These factors were suggested by pediatric experts such as pediatricians and childhood development experts as well as mommy bloggers. Parents then contacted government sources and non-profit organizations and conducted independent reporting to obtain the data for each city. The overall rankings represent how well the cities met all of our family friendly criteria.