Apparently, small town living is best for families, at least according to the 2012 ranking by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The publication named Fort Gibson, with a population of less than 5,000, as the best city for raising kids in the state of Oklahoma. Located near Muskogee in eastern Oklahoma, Fort Gibson takes home the honor for the first time. The article says "the area has a rich history that now centers on an 80-acre historical site. Today, Fort Gibson is a thriving town with great schools and parks."
In previous years, Lawton was the top state name on the list, with metro area suburbs of Midwest City and Moore mentioned as runners-up. But none of them would be in the running in 2012 because this time, for reasons not specified, the study only considered cities with populations between 1,000 and 50,000.
Completed in conjunction with New York-based real estate provider OnBoard Informatics, the study looked at 4,169 cities across the United States with a crime index less than 10 percent above the national average and median family income within 20 percent of the state median. It assessed school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities, and diversity, though editors emphasize that school performance, expenditures and income were given the greatest weight.
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