America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up

U.S. News and World Report surveyed cities across the US to determine the best places to raise kids. They took into account crime rates, school system ratings, cultural opportunities, recreational activities, child-friendly policies, and other factors. The results:

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Madison, Alabama
San Jose, California
Overland Park, Kansas
Boston, Massachusetts
Denver, Colorado
Rochester, Minnesota
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Plano, Texas
Edison, New Jersey

The advantages of each city are listed in the story and slide show. Link -via Digg

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LAWRENCE over OVERLAND PARK? HAHAHAHAHA I grew up in Overland Park but currently go to the University of Kansas in Lawrence. By no means would I EVER raise a family in Lawrence. Its a great party town surrounded by college students and hippies. Thats about it. If you want a great environment for children, Overland Park is definitely the place.
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when i grew up in frisco, a town on the north border of plano, all we ever heard about the plano kids were massiver heroin overdoses. they seemed to have cleaned up their act since, and the police offices are strict when it comes to unruly teens out driving.
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my husband is from virginia beach- and though it has it's nice parts...the fact that it's smooshed right up against norfolk, newport news, and suffolk are enough to say 'no thanks'. chesapeake is right there, and fairly nice...but good lord there are a lot of people and not a lot of breathing room.
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