Saturday, August 1, 2009

Best Places to Raise your Kids 2009; Athens Georgia a Runner Up!

BusinessWeek once again has come out with their list of the best places to raise your kids.

They selected towns with at least 50,000 residents and a median family income between $40,000 and $100,000.


Then they narrowed the list down using the following weighted criteria: school performance; number of schools; household expenditures; crime rates; air quality; job growth; family income; museums, parks, theaters, and other amenities; and diversity.

School performance was weighted based on safety most heavily, but also gave strong weight to amenities and affordability. The organizing principle was affordability.

BusinessWeek went on to state, “While the median household income varies by state, we purposely weighted the results to prevent pricing out most readers. That’s why, for example, Greenwich, Conn., with its good private schools, low crime, and abundance of cultural amenities, was left out. It simply costs too much to live there.”

They also commented that there are other places that are great for kids which did not make this list. In many states the competition was extremely close.

It is with delight that I let you know that our ClassicCity was a Runner Up in Georgia! BusinessWeek picked Warner Robbins, which I am sure is a fine city, but as Sherman came closer to Athens on his March to the Sea, I would think Athenians and definitely the University of Georgia graduates across the state would lean toward Athens being our designated favorite locale in the state!

If you are looking to purchase a home in the Greater Athens area, please feel free to use this link to Search the Athens MLS! While on the Georgia MLS you can search for homes, create a User account to save favorite property searches, email property searches to friends and family, or request more information!

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