A Family Thing

Austin declared one of America's 10 best cities to raise a family

Austin declared one of America's 10 best cities to raise a family

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Families rule in Austin. Photo by Jon Shapley

Those born and raised in Austin sure are lucky. Our city was just named the ninth best in America to raise a family.

A study conducted by SmartAsset, a personal finance company, considered factors like high school graduation rate, unemployment rate, crime rate, price of child care, cost of living, and percentage of the population under age 20 to determine the rankings. Texas dominates with five cities in the top 10. Fort Worth, No. 3, is followed by Arlington at No. 4; El Paso at No 8; and Corpus Christi, tied with Austin, at No. 9.

Compared to the other top Texas towns, the Capital City boasts the highest proficiency in math and reading (81.5 percent) and the highest high school graduation rate (90.1 percent). We also have the lowest poverty rate (14.5 percent) and unemployment rate (4.2 percent).

Fort Worth is the highest ranking Texas city thanks to its high-quality schools and amount of young people; 31 percent of Forth Worth's population is under 20. Just down the road, Arlington offers ideal qualities for families, including a low unemployment rate of 4.3 percent and a high reading and math proficiency of 79.7 percent.

El Paso boasts the fifth lowest crime rate of all the cities in the study, and in Corpus Christi, housing is relatively affordable, only requiring 22 percent of income. 

While they don't crack the top 10, Texas' other large cities, San Antonio (No. 11), Dallas (No. 14), and Houston (No. 19), land in the top 20. The No. 1 spot goes to Fort Wayne, Indiana.