By ERIN ANDERSEN / Lincoln Journal Star
A new survey by Parents magazine lists Lincoln as the third best city in the country to raise a baby.
What makes Lincoln great? Top cities were ones that combined affordable housing, safety, good neighbors, access to pediatricians and babysitters and plenty of baby swings at the park.
The first-ever survey by Parents found that Scottsdale, Az. was the best place for young families, followed by Fort Wayne, Ind., and then Lincoln.
Parents found that Lincoln is a breath of fresh air, literally. It was the only city in the survey not to exceed the ozone or particle pollution thresholds on any day in 2009. Healthy air adds up to a lower rate of childhood asthma, according to Parents.
The survey gave Lincoln the following grades:
Child care, A-
Family safety, B-
Fun for you and baby, A+
Infant health, B-
Money matters, B+
“Babies aren’t fussy about their zip code. But for moms and dads, their hometown during those important early years of parenthood can make a big difference in quality of life,” said Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents.
Other cities rounding out the top 10 are: Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; Madison, Wisc.; Phoenix, Az.; St. Paul, Minn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Boston, Mass.
Omaha ranked 12th overall.
The complete results of the survey, as well as a listing of cities ranked 11-100 appear in the November issue of Parents and online here.
For a slide show featuring all of Parents’ Ten Best cities click here.
To conduct the survey, Parents used U.S. Census information to assemble an initial list of the 100 most populated U.S. cities. Each city was then assessed using 35 predetermined factors pediatricians, child development experts and mommy bloggers said young families should consider when deciding where to live. The magazine then contacted government sources and non-profit organizations and conducted independent reporting to obtain the data for each city. The overall rankings represent how well the cities met the magazine’s family-friendly criteria.
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