Boise, Idaho, has been named one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities.
For this list of cities, editors first identified cities with high concentrations of school-age children, then took a look at how their schools stacked up and analyzed factors like childhood mortality rates, health insurance coverage, crime rates and the percentage of restaurants that feature kids’ menus. Also taken into account were the number of parks, playgrounds, libraries and recreational venues geared specifically for children, as well as the availability of great options for parents.
“Having kids and when those kids start school are two of those key moments in a person’s life when they consider relocation,” saysLivability.com Editor Matt Carmichael. “These cities and towns have a compelling story to tell about why they should move to the top of the list for young families.”
Boise was chosen for its award-winning schools, low cost of living, low crime rate and the long list of things for kids to do. The city offers kids both the great outdoors but also big-city experiences. From the Boise River Greenbelt to the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, the city offers an abundance of family-friendly recreational activities.
Top 10 Best Cities for Kids, 2014
1. Boise, ID
2. Downers Grove, IL
3. Overland Park, KS
4. Cedar Rapids, IA
5. Plano, TX
6. Carmel, IN
7. Brentwood, TN
8. Palo Alto, CA
9. Royal Oak, MI
About Livability.com: Livability.com explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of livable cities and our interactions on social media. Livability.com is a product of Journal Communications Inc.