Today we have a guest post from Miriam Bornstein about the best cities for kids.
The criteria for house hunting and desirable amenities is not always unanimous among family members. While parents tend to veer their house-hunting checklist toward a short commute, convenient public transportation and hot job markets, kids have a different agenda when looking for their perfect pads.
Put yourself in your kid’s shoes. What amenities would they find desirable? According to a Zillow analysis, large yards, nearby parks and playmates are popular must-have features among kids across the nation. Data shows that some locations are far better suited for children than others. In fact, here are the leading locations:
The Top 10 Best Cities for Kids
- Corpus Christi, TX
- Madison, WI
- Fort Worth, TX
- San Antonio, TX
- Greensboro, NC
- Charlotte, NC
- Tulsa, OK
- Wichita, KS
- Anchorage, AK
- Dallas, TX
While the Detroit metro didn’t top the list, it is a competitor among children under the age of 10 (13.5 percent) The area also boasts fairly large lot sizes (3,668 square feet) and the same or more parks per capita than any of the top 10. Detroit, however, fell short on nearby theme parks or mentions of kid-friendly amenities in property listings.
The city does offer one chart-topping advantage: its median home value of $129,600. Because home values are lower than the national median average of $188,100, families have the opportunity to add kid-friendly features to their homes without spending a fortune. If you’re currently looking to rent or buy in the Detroit metro, make sure to evaluate nearby schools, neighborhood amenities and home values before settling down.
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