BusinessWeek recently released its America’s Best Place to Raise a Family list. Chicago suburb Tinley Park, Illinois, topped the list.
2010 marks the second straight year that a Chicago suburb took top honors. Last year’s winner was Mount Prospect, Illinois.
The BusinessWeek survey uses data from Onboard Informatics, compiling statistics in areas including education, crime, and access to parks, jobs and affordable homes. Selections are limited to towns with 45,000 residents or fewer, and a median income of between $40,000 and $125,000.
One winner and 2 runner-ups are named for each state; the 10 most populous of which are listed below:
- California : Arcadia (Monterey Park, Diamond Bar)
- Texas : San Marcos (San Antonio, Houston)
- New York : Tonawanda (Irondequoit, Cheektowaga)
- Florida : Pembroke Pines (Sunrise, Tamarac)
- Illinois : Tinley Park (Arlington Heights, Schaumburg)
- Pennsylvania : Scranton (Erie, Allentown)
- Ohio : Lakewood (Parma, Strongsville)
- Michigan : Ann Arbor (Royal Oak, Portage)
- Georgia : Warner Robins (Valdosta, Roswell)
- North Carolina : Chapel Hill (Cary, Jacksonville)
Rankings like this BusinessWeek report can be useful for home buyers, but like all of real estate, it’s important to remember that statistics don’t apply to all parts of town equally. Some parts will have better schools, or better crime prevention, or more amenities.
Therefore, before you make a buying decision, talk with a real estate agent who has local market knowledge. It’s the most reliable way to get data that matters.