Houston earned a spot on a global ranking of the best cities to raise a family, according to online real estate portal Homeday. It was one just nine U.S. cities -- and the only one in Texas -- to make the list of top 100 cities.
Berlin-based Homeday examined 15 factors identified by parents as contributing to what makes a city great. They included infrastructure, maternity laws, healthcare quality, happiness levels, activities for children, and expert perception. Homeday ranked the cities after analyzing thousands.
Copenhagen, Denmark, earned the top spot.
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1. Copenhagen: 8.43
2. Oslo: 8.32
3. Zurich: 8.2
4. Stockholm: 8.18
5. Hamburg: 8.14
6. Vancouver: 8.09
7. Basel: 8.04
8. Toronto: 8.01
9. Stuttgart: 7.98
10. Munich: 7.96
31. Seattle: 7.21
35. Houston: 7.0
36. Boston: 6.88
46. San Francisco: 6.51
47. New York: 6.41
60. Washington, D.C.: 5.67
68. Chicago: 5.42
69. Los Angeles: 5.38
73. Miami: 5.01
Thirteen out of the top 20 best cities for families are in Europe, with cities in Canada, Australia and New Zealand also earning spots.
Houston, No. 35 on the overall list, ranks second highest for affordability, behind No. 1 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and ahead of No. 3 Hanover, Germany.
- Paris, France ranks first for activities for kids, followed by Berlin, Germany and Lyon, France.
- Hong Kong, China ranks first for education, followed by Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.
- Stuttgart, Germany ranks first for Green Spaces, followed by Edinburgh, U.K. and Luxembourg.
- Sofia, Bulgaria ranks first for maternity/paternity laws.
"Our real estate agents agree that the ultimate importance for most young families searching for real estate, is a location which is good for their family development," Homeday managing director Steffen Wicker said in an announcement.
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"For those families trying to decide where to put down roots, they need data-led research more than ever to help them make an informed decision."
Houston was among nine U.S. cities to make the ranking, with an average score of 7.0 out of 10. It placed behind Seattle (No. 31; score 7.21), and ahead of seven other cities including Boston, San Francisco and New York. The cities received the lowest score on the country's maternity/paternity laws. The Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane also scored low on that factor.
Here's how Houston ranked on the study's criteria:
- Housing: 8.91
- Education system: 5.33
- Safety: 7.91
- Affordability: 9.91
- Unemployment: 5.82
- Pollution: 7.09
- Transportation: 7.36
- Maternity/paternity law: 1.00
- Healthcare: 4.55
- Happiness: 7.91
- Kid friendly airports: 5.27
- Activities for kids: 8.45
- Green spaces: 5.34
- Parents: 8.15
- Professionals: 8.9
For full results of the study and methodology, see Homeday's web site....Read more