Small towns are often great for raising kids, says Bloomberg BusinessWeek, in part because of family-oriented activities and a lack of "urban life" stresses. And if that matches your ideal, the best place for you in the state of Oklahoma is Jenks, according to the magazine's 2013 ranking. The Tulsa-area suburb takes over for last year's honoree, Fort Gibson, thanks to the city's "educational resources" and a top kid-friendly attraction, the Oklahoma Aquarium.
The study looked at more than 3,200 cities across the United States with a population between 5,000 and 50,000, and based on data from GreatSchools.org, the FBI, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it assessed factors such as educational environment, diversity, local job market, crime rate, commute times, family income and the share of households with children. Editors emphasize that school performance and safety were given the greatest weight.
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