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Richardson TX Ranked 2nd for "Best Place to Raise Your Kids"

Business Week magazine just recently released their results for the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" and Richardson, Texas was ranked second!  Only cities with a population of at least 50,000 people and median incomes of $40,000-$100,000 were ranked.

The main, key factors taken into account were school performance, affordability, and safety.  Some of the secondary factors were cost of living, air quality, local parks, recreation centers, racial diversity, and theaters among others.

Richardson, Texas has been getting a lot of recognition lately.  Other honors Richardson has received are being ranked 18th best place to live in the United States in August 2008's Money magazine and 5th safest city in Texas by Morgan Quitno Press.

Richardson has a lot to offer kids and families.  There are 30 parks throughout the city along with 2 recreation centers and multiple ball fields.

This is the second year for Business Week to publish this list.  For the record, Mount Prospect, IL, a suburb of Chicago, was the top city this year.

Comment balloon 6 commentsDonna Harris • December 08 2008 10:04AM

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Donna:  I am sure that Richardson ranks as high as it does... because that's where you do your own personal "mama" thing with your darling baby girl.  After you relocate to Bee Cave... I wonder how many notches Richardson will fall in the survey next time around ?  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne, Unfortunately, Bee Cave doesn't fit into the criteria Business Week uses to rank the cities, so they won't get such a ranking... the population is tiny tiny and the median income is too high.  I'm sure there will be other categories Bee Cave fits into in the future as they grow.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 10 years ago

Donna:  I didn't figure it did.  In my own little way, I was just wishing you a Happy Mothers Day about six months early.  It made sense at the time... :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Speaking of kids, and of Richardson, it brings a story to mind.  I moved to DFW in Spring of 1982.  Robin (my daughter) and I arrived on a Friday in March, and the very next day... Saturday... not knowing anyone or anything... she and I were having lunch at Mama's Pizza on Belt Line Road in Richardson... east of 75.  There we were... both feeling like orphans... when in comes the Berkner High School Cheerleaders and about ten of the football team guys... all dressed up in their football and cheer leader stuff.

They were so great.  Happy kids... cheery kids, and so well behaved.  Just being kids.  My eyes lit up, and Robin, who was almost ten, just was all eyes and ears for this "apparition."  I motioned to some of the cheerleaders, who came over to our table.  I told them we were new, and that Robin was feeling like an orphan.  The girls were great... really fussed over Robin, and made her feel so very welcome.  After that... we both know we had made the right choice.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Donna - That is great news!  That's something you can share with buyers that is very positive!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Karen Anne, That's a very sweet story. Thank you for sharing it.  And as for Bee Cave, maybe I can get more people to move there in order to help them fit into the criteria, except then we would all have to take pay cuts... I rather not fit into their median income criteria! LOL

Debi, Yes, and it's also news I get to rub in my husband's nose for making me move to Austin and away from this fabulous community!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 10 years ago

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