With Spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, families across the country are moving to new cities while school is out.
A new study via Apartment List looked at the best cities in the US for families. Cities were ranked by a weighted score based on the following metrics:
- Safety (35%): Apartment List used FBI data to rank cities by the total number of violent crimes and property crimes per 100,000 residents.
- Housing Affordability (30%): Apartment List used Census data on median gross rent as a percentage of household income as an indicator of housing affordability in each city. This measure takes into account not only how expensive rents are, but how well they are balanced with earnings.
- Education Quality (25%): Comparing schools across different states can be challenging due to differing education requirements. Apartment List used date collected by the Department of Education on high school graduation rates as a proxy for overall school quality. Cities were ranked by the graduation rates of their respective public school districts.
- Child-Friendliness (10%): Communities with a greater percentage of children tend to be more family friendly, so Apartment List used Census data to score cities based on the percentage of the population under age 19.
Among the top 50 largest cities in the US, Boston ranked #28.
Newton - The Go-To City for Families
Newton ranked #6 for family-friendliness in the nation. The city scored a 95% in rent affordability, 52% in child-friendliness, 94% in high school graduation rate, and 99% in safety.
Last year, both Brookline and Newton made Time Money's 50 Best Places to Live in America. The publication took into account good schools, flourishing economies, vibrant communities and low crime.
Newton is will known for its exceptional public school system, low crime risk, and leafy green streets.
Located less than 10 miles west of Boston and encompassing 13 villages, many with their own parks or shipping centers, Newton is an affluent commuter town with thriving local energy. The town has low unemployment, and employers of its own include Boston College and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
The nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir Park, originally designed by Central Park planner Frederick Law Olmstead, offers breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and is very popular with residents. Another local feature that puts Newton on the map each spring is Heartbreak Hill, one of the most challenging legs of the Boston Marathon course.
Coming Soon: 59 Puritan Road | Newton
4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 3,174 Sq. Ft. | $1,475,000
This exquisite, south-facing Colonial in Newton pairs classic charm with modern convenience.
Situated on a tranquil corner lot with two garage parking spaces, this 3 bedroom residence offers easy access to Waban, Newton's Cold Spring Park trails, Newton Highlands Village, and the new Zervas Elementary School.
Features include a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room, partially finished basement, and a large kitchen with dining area that leads way to private deck and back yard.
*Square-footage includes ~981 sq. ft. finished basement.
*Finished basement includes 4th bedroom. Residence is listed in public record with 3 bedrooms.