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Raising kids is one of life’s most rewarding journeys. And if you live in Austin, you’re off to a great start, as we’ve been named the best city for young families.

Personal finance website ValuePenguin determined the family-friendly spots by analyzing 16 key metrics that fit into five categories. Of the 156 cities studied, Austin ranks No. 1.

Austin ranks No. 3 for education/environment, our highest individual score. Contributing factors include a high percentage of kids in the population and high state university rankings.

For working parents, Austin ranks 10th, thanks to a thriving economy and low divorce rates. We rank No. 17 for outdoor activities, as the mild weather and proximity of sports stadiums encourage kids to get outside.

There’s no doubt that Austin is a desirable place to live, but we lose major points on affordability. Unsurprisingly, we rank No. 103 in the real estate category because of high cost of living, the income we spend on rent and mortgage payments, and real estate taxes.

Our lowest mark, however, is in the safety and healthcare category. Our No. 121 ranking is due to higher crime rates and lower hospital ratings.

Austin’s not the only Texas hot spot for young families.¬†Houston ranks No. 2, followed by Dallas at No. 5 and San Antonio at No. 14.

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Top Cities for Young Families

Make that 156. Here is how every city captured in our study ranks in the five categories of data that affect young families most.

Overall City For Working Parents For Buying or Renting a Home For Education and Environment For Outdoor Activities For Safety and Healthcare
1 Austin, TX 10 103 3 17 121
2 Houston, TX 17 47 31 28 134
3 Raleigh, NC 11 98 7 40 146
4 Des Moines, IA 3 51 30 102 84
5 Dallas, TX 26 79 15 13 129
6 Sioux Falls, SD 1 72 13 144 57
7 Seattle, WA 20 133 11 27 121
8 Omaha, NE 4 31 28 125 114
9 Green Bay, WI 8 69 32 134 18
10 San Diego, CA 28 152 12 1 125
11 Fargo, ND 2 75 51 150 41
12 Washington, DC 14 130 33 61 130
13 Rochester, MN 12 69 4 140 20
14 San Antonio, TX 32 50 29 23 133
15 Salt Lake City, UT 7 108 36 116 90