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Bloomberg Business Week Online
December 18, 2012

The Best Places to Raise Kids 2013
By Daniel D'Addario

Many young, working parents-tired of wheeling strollers onto the subway-have considered leaving the big city for a more family-friendly place, even as urban living gains popularity. For those interested in small-town living, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and Bloomberg Rankings evaluated more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations from 5,000 to 50,000. We looked at such metrics as public school performance, safety, housing costs, commute time, poverty, adults' educational attainment, share of households with children, and diversity. To gauge the local job market, we also weighed median income and unemployment. The data comes from GreatSchools.org, the FBI, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The list excludes places where the median family income exceeds $115,866, the lower limit for the wealthiest 20 percent of U.S. families. Which is the best town in your state?

Best Place to Raise Kids in Alabama: Pelham

Population: 20,878
GreatSchools city score: 8
Median family income: $82,542
Housing costs as a percentage of income: 19%
County unemployment rate: 5.4%
Nearby city: Birmingham

This Birmingham suburb is home to the Alabama State Fair, where this summer, participants in the agricultural club 4-H showed off their rabbits and dairy goats in a livestock contest. While waiting for next year's fair, kids can hike, bike, or ride horses at PelhanYs Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama's largest state park.


 

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