America's 10 Most Family-Friendly Cities

America's 10 Most Family-Friendly Cities
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Louisville, Kentucky, has always been known for the famous Run for the Roses -- the Kentucky Derby -- but now it also places 10th on a list of 100 most family-friendly cities in the United States. "Parenting" magazine researchers used 8,000 pieces of data in 84 categories and took into account things such as crime rates, school quality, home affordability and parkland to narrow down its annual list.

1. Washington
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1 Washington

The nation's capital isn't only the home of the sitting president and lawmakers, it is also a great place for admirers of history and architecture. Not to be missed are the more than 40 museums, and of course, the White House.

2. Austin, Texas
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2 Austin, Texas

Progressive Austin boasts 27,000 acres of parkland and is the home of the South by Southwest music, film and interactive festival. The Texas capital and home of the University of Texas' main campus, it also attracts technology companies.

3. Boston
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3 Boston

For history, public school spending, fitness and top-notch medical facilities, specifically for children and women, Boston gets high scores. Boston's Emerald Necklace Conservancy has miles of trails to keep an active family fit.

4. Minneapolis/St. Paul
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4 Minneapolis/St. Paul

Minneapolis-St. Paul, the metropolitan area known as the Twin Cities, offers an abundance of family activities. The two cities share expansive park systems, and the League of American Bicyclists has designated Minneapolis a Bike Friendly City because of its 13 miles of shoreline that is bike-friendly.

5. Des Moines, Iowa
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5 Des Moines, Iowa

This city in the heartland might be known for corn and rolling plains, but it also gets high marks for education and quality of life, offering residents a taste of the city and farmland.

Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin

It has been the scene of political strife and protests, but Madison has more of a reputation for good living. Madison is filled with bike trails and farmers markets, especially one held on the steps of the statehouse, Dane County Farmers' Market at Capitol Square.

7. Honolulu
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7 Honolulu

Honolulu is home of sand, surf and healthy living. It has the distinction of having the lowest obesity rate of any state -- well below the national average. Its low unemployment rate is attributed to healthy tourism, military, defense contracting and real estate.

8. Omaha, Nebraska
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8 Omaha, Nebraska

The Missouri River runs through this city in the Midwest. Omaha's downtown area is bustling with activities that incorporate the past with the present. The job market is good, and there's a lot to see downtown.

9. Seattle
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9 Seattle

It might be best known for all the rain it gets, but Seattle has been named one of the most literate cities in the nation. The people there like to read and drink coffee, and when the rains are gone, there are 5,500 acres of parkland to explore.

10. Louisville, Kentucky
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10 Louisville, Kentucky

Home of the famous Kentucky Derby thoroughbred race and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville has a reputation for good city parks, affordable housing and top-rated schools.

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