The website and magazine Parenting has released the 2010 edition of their annual list of the best cities for families, in which they take a list of the top 101 cities by population, add a few well-known smaller ones while taking out some proximate ones, and rank them based on metrics of health, safety, economy, education, and recreation. First place went to the magnificently historic city of Arlington, VA, and Zillow’s hometown of Seattle, WA ended up beating New York City by one, coming in at a respectable 28th place.

Top 10 Best Cities for Families:

  1. Arlington, VA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Madison, WI
  4. Ann Arbor, MI
  5. Lexington, KY
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Spokane, WA
  8. Scottsdale, AZ
  9. Omaha, NE
  10. Raleigh, NC

> See the entire list

Parenting also split the rankings into categories, if you’re looking for something a little more specific.

Top 5 Cities for Education (based on graduation rates, test scores, and more):

  1. Spokane, WA
  2. Lexington, KY
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Louisville, KY
  5. Charlotte, NC

> See the entire list

Top 5 Cities for Recreation (based on parks, beaches, etc):

  1. Jacksonville, FL
  2. Albuquerque, NM
  3. Scottsdale, AZ
  4. Anchorage, AK
  5. Aurora, CO

> See the entire list

Top 5 Cities for Health (based on air quality, area hospitals, pediatrician-to-patient ratio, and more):

  1. Richmond, VA
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Sioux Falls, SD
  4. Spokane, WA
  5. Anchorage, AK

> See the entire list

Top 5 Safest Cities (based on crime rates, registered sex offenders, etc.):

  1. Scottsdale, AZ
  2. Arlington, VA
  3. El Paso, TX
  4. Ann Arbor, MI
  5. Mesa, AZ

> See the entire list

Top 5 Cities with Strongest Economy (based on unemployment, commute time, and more):

  1. Little Rock, AR
  2. Billings, MT
  3. Sioux Falls, SD
  4. Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Tulsa, OK

> See the entire list

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