Upper Arlington News

Family Circle magazine names Upper Arlington one of America’s best towns for families


Upper Arlington is one of America’s 10 most family-friendly towns, according to a new survey released by Family Circle magazine.

After reviewing the traits and amenities for 3,335 cities and towns in the United States, Family Circle determined Upper Arlington is among the top 10 places to raise a family among cities with populations of 10,000 to 150,000.

The city, along with the other “10 Best Towns for Families: 2013” is being featured in Family Circle’s July 2 edition.

“Clearly, we are elated to have received this national recognition,” Upper Arlington City Manager Ted Staton said. “UA families already know what a great place our community is for raising children, that's why they are here. It's exciting that we have the opportunity to showcase our great community to a broader audience.”

The list of America’s 10 best towns for families was compiled with assistance from Onboard Informatics, a New York City-based research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data.

Criteria for making the top 10 included having high concentrations of households with median incomes between $55,000 and $100,000. Family Circle then assessed which places best met its family-friendly standards, including affordable homes, quality schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability.

According to a representative for the magazine, the towns were included in its top 10, but not ranked among each other.

Other towns making the magazine’s top 10 were: Allen, Texas; Boulder City Nev.; Madison, Ala.; Marion, Iowa; Morton, Ill.; Rio Rancho, N.M.; Suwanee, Ga.; Troy, Mich.; and West Hartford, Conn.

For more on this story, see the July 4 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.