Rockin' the Suburbs

Kid-friendly Dallas suburb ranks among the best U.S. towns for families

Dallas suburb ranks among the best U.S. towns for families

Allen Texas Family Friendly
Allen was ranked the fourth most family-friendly town in America thanks to its high median income and good school system.  Photo by Mike Mezeul II
Allen Texas Family Friendly
Allen was highest on the list with 52 percent of households having children.  Photo by Mike Mezeul II
Allen Texas Family Friendly
Allen Texas Family Friendly

It can be tough to find the perfect location to raise a family. You’ve got to consider the neighborhood, whether the schools are any good, if the doctors in the area know that leaches aren’t the best cure for a fever, plus about 10 other things.

But according to a national publication, North Texans don’t have to look too far. Family Circle magazine names Allen the fourth-best town in the country for families.

 Allen ranks second on the list in population (83,731) and first in median income ($99,309).

Culled from a list of 3,335 cities with populations between 10,000 and 150,000, the top 10 represents the best towns with median incomes between $55,000 and $100,000 that also meet family-friendly criteria such as green space and financial stability.

Allen ranks second on the list in population (83,731) and first in median income ($99,309), which puts them just under the cutoff. It also has the highest percentage of households with kids (52 percent).

Of course, no mention of Allen could be without the $60 million football stadium, but Family Circle also references the 1,500-seat performing arts center as well as the Fourth of July party.

Allen is the only Texas city on the list. The top three towns are Troy, Michigan; Boulder City, Nevada; and Upper Arlington, Ohio. Marion, Iowa; West Hartford, Connecticut; Madison, Alabama; Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Suwanee, Georgia; and Morton, Illinois round out the ranking.

No word on how Pawnee, Indiana, missed the list, although the town has been considerably less child-friendly since the passing of Li’l Sebastian.