LendEDU wrote a compelling article earlier this year citing the top 300 cities for starting a family. Among these cities, 70 were in California cities; including 11 in the Inland Empire.
The data evaluation, according to LendEDU, a student loan lender and educator included the quality of education, cost of a first home purchase, safety, and percentage of young families in the population. When studying the education quality, LendEDU used greatschools.org, who ranks schools using a 1-10 rating scale, with 10 being the best score. Also used was standardized test scores for the students in each of the cities.
To make figures make more sense and to fully understand how few 300 cities really is, we must first understand that the United States has approximately 19,354 incorporated places and only 350 were part of the data collection. The cost for a first home was determined by U.S. Census Bureau data.
Safety is a major concern for most families, especially when seeking lower cost housing. In order to determine safety, FBI Crime Statistic Data and Neighborhoodscout.com was used. All crimes for each city and were tallied taking population into consideration.
Of the eleven in the Inland Empire, five were in Riverside County and six were in San Bernardino County. The City of Murrieta came in first for the Inland Empire cities and was ranked number eleven overall. Temecula was ranked number 23, Rancho Cucamonga was ranked 45, Corona 59, Fontana 82, Rialto 94, Victorville 110, Ontario 111, Moreno Valley 122, Riverside 136, and the final Inland Empire city was San Bernardino, ranked at 208.50.
What city did you start raising your family in? If you are just starting off, where are you now?
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