Rental analyst company ranks Chico '350th best place to raise a young family'

Feb 18, 2016 2:58 PM by David McVicker

For new families looking for a place to lay their roots, some experts believe that there are several cities in the U.S. that fare better than Chico.

Data analysts from Apartment List, released results of a study naming the best and worst cities to raise a new family in the U.S. in 2016. Out of 474 cities reviewed, Chico was ranked number 350.

Experts took into account four categories to rank the cities:

FBI data on the number of violent crimes and property crimes per 100,000 residents was used to determine a crime score.

U.S. Census data was used to calculate the renter’s income required to rent a 2-bedroom apartment and determine housing cost score.

Cities were ranked on high school graduation rate for public school districts based in that city. According to the analysts, comparing schools across different states was a challenge, but they said using high school graduation rate data from the Department of Education to determine a school quality score.

Communities with a greater percentage of children tend to be more child friendly, according to experts. Analysts used census data to score cities based on the percentage of the population that’s under 18.

The top 10 cities in the US for new families were: Allen, TX, Fishers, IN, Carmel, IN, Frisco, TX, San Ramon, CA, McKinney, TX, O’Fallon, MO, Flower Mound, TX, Naperville, IL, and Pearland, TX. All of these cities received A+ grades.

The bottom 10 cities Flint, MI, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Youngstown, OH, Dayton, OH, Atlanta, GA, Columbia, SC, Detroit, MI, Birmingham, AL, Cleveland, OH, and St. Louis, MO. All of these cities were given F rankings.

Chico was scored a C grade in the report. Experts said it didn’t not fare very well in the rankings because it is relatively expensive, and have higher crime rates and lower education scores than other similarly populated suburbs.


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