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