Which metro areas suit family life best? Forbes looked at the 100 largest MSA's in the United States, ranking each in seven categories: median income, overall cost of living, housing affordability (what pct. of the market is affordable to a family at the median income), commuting delays, percentage of families owning homes, crime rate and education quality (mainly test scores).



No. 5 Raleigh, North Carolina

Median Income: 19

Cost of Living Index: 32

Housing Affordability: 56

Commuting: 54

Pct. Owning Homes: 32 (69%)

Crime: 12

Education: 4



The Top 10 Cities include:


  1. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Provo, Utah
  4. Youngstown, Ohio
  5. Raleigh, NC
  6. Poughkeepsie, New York
  7. Omaha, Nebraska
  8. Ogden, Utah
  9. Cincinnati, Ohio
  10.  Worchester, Massachusetts


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