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September 14, 2017

Think About It: A Family Place

The best place in which toraise a family? From its press release- WalletHub's analysts compared the 150most populated U.S. cities based on 41 key metrics that take into accountessential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of localschool and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation.While obviously not perfect- given the intrinsic value of each city, personalpreferences, and the limitations of publicly available data, the survey isinteresting to peruse and ponder over.

For example, Honolulu came inas the 62nd best city out of 150 in which to raise a family? How canthat be, you might ask? Well, we ranked only 72nd in family fun,which is hard to believe, fathom, or rationalize, though we didn't have much tooffer in terms of ice rinks or skate parks, which WalletHub included in itsassessment. We ranked 101st in affordability- I get that one, and115th in education and child care. We rank #15 in the health andsafety category and 11th in socio-economics.

There are unique values hereand elsewhere that no survey can ever quantify; the top three cities listedwere Overland Park, Kansas, Madison, Wisconsin, and Plano, Texas, but I don'tknow of many people who would give up what they've got going on here to hele onto those locales, nice as they might be. After all, you can't really put aprice or rating comparing a melting pot where a special spirit transcends manyissues found everywhere, plus the immeasurable safety and comfort of having somany aunties and uncles. Think about it…

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