Chapel Hill Ranks "Best Places to Raise Kids"

Post Date:12/21/2010

Chapel Hill ranks best in the nation for its family life. Business Week has once again voted Chapel Hill one of the "Best Places to Raise Your Kids."

The study published in the November 2010 magazine selected one town and two runners-up for each of the 50 states. Chapel Hill was chosen for North Carolina, with Cary and Jacksonville selected as runners-up.

The articles says about Chapel Hill: "It attracts residents who enjoy a healthy lifestyle, cultural and historic attractions, and an intellectual environment. The area is home to one of the most educated populations in the U.S."

Considered were factors such as school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities, and diversity. The selections were limited to towns that have at least 45,000 residents and a median income of between $40,000 and $125,000. Affordability, safety*, and school test scores were given the greatest weight.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has three high schools, four middle schools and 10 elementary schools. The district has the state's highest average SAT score. And more than 90 percent of students go on to college.

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