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Naperville Among 2016’s Best Cities for Young Families

by Stella Fanega

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Naperville is one of the nation’s best cities for young families, according to a new ranking from the Apartment List.

The ranking, titled “2016 Best Cities for Young Families,” based its results on crime, child friendliness, education and housing scores; by those metrics, Naperville came in at No. 9.

Allen, TX came in first place, with a total score of 97.2, followed by Fishers, IN in second with a total score of 95.5. Carmel, IN placed in 3rd, with a total score of 95.3.

Here is the full ranking of the top 10 best cities:

City Crime Score Education Score Housing Score Total Score
Allen, TX 96 99.7 96.7 97.2
Fishers, IN 97.9 86.7 99 95.5
Carmel, IN 99 98.7 91.2 95.3
Frisco, TX 86.4 99.1 97.9 94.3
San Ramon, CA 97.5 99.5 85.7 94
McKinney, TX 84 97.8 98.2 93.1
O’Fallon, MO 94.8 81 95.2 91
Flower Mound, TX 98.2 67.3 99.2 90.3
Naperville, IL 96.3 97.6 79.8 90.2
Pearland, TX 79 98.1 97.1 90.2

Here is how Apartment List weighted its various factors:

Safety (35%): The Apartment List used FBI data to classify cities with the most violent crimes.

Housing Cost (30%): According to the Apartment List, they used census data to compute percentages of the media renter income required to rent a two-bedroom apartment.

School Quality (25%): The Department of Education gives a good estimate of overall school quality. Cities were categorized on public school district’s high school graduation rate.

Child Friendliness (10%): The Apartment List used census data to identify the percentage of friendly communities. Communities with a higher percentage of children are usually seen as ‘child friendly.’

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