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Family Circle annual survey ranks Round Rock among top 10 in United States

Soccer kids photo by TexKapFamily Circle announced July 7, 2010, that Round Rock ranks among the best TOWNS AND CITIES across the country FOR FAMILIES, according to its exclusive survey.

The communities featured in the magazine’s annual roundup of perfect places to call home combine affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public school systems and giving spirits.

"I call it the promised land," said Norma Saldivar, whose family is featured in the magazine’s profile of Round Rock. "Living here is a blessing."

Mayor Alan McGraw said it takes everyone in the community pulling together to be regarded as one of the best towns for families.

“We’ve known for years that this was a special place for families to call home, so it is an honor to be recognized by a popular national publication. I am proud to live in Round Rock with good neighbors and an unmistakable giving spirit.”

According to Family Circle’s survey, the 10 Best Towns are:

  • Round Rock, Texas
  • Edmond, Okla.
  • Hampton Township, Penn.
  • Edwardsville, Ill.
  • La Verne, Calif.
  • Windsor, Colo.
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • Bristol, RI
  • Meridian, Idaho
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

Survey methodology

Family Circle partnered with Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data, to assemble an initial list of 1,700 cities and towns with populations between 15,000 and 150,000. From that, nearly 800 localities were selected with a high concentration of households with an average income of $75,000. We then assessed which places best met our family-friendly criteria —including affordable homes, quality schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability — and ranked them from top to bottom. Family Circle then selected the ten winners from among the highest-rated towns.

Greatschools.net, a nonprofit website with a mission to improve education by inspiring parents to get involved, provided Family Circle with the public school ratings used in the town rankings. 

About Family Circle

Published 15 times a year by Meredith Corporation, with a circulation of 3.8 million and 20 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in the world. Family Circle provides smart relevant advice, sensible solutions, and inspiration in a voice that encourages and celebrates success in its pages and online at familycircle.comFamily Circle has always been committed to women’s issues and in 1973 became the first women’s magazine to fully underwrite a professional women’s sporting event, the Family Circle Cup, an annual women’s tennis tournament held in April in Charleston, S.C., at Family Circle Magazine Stadium.


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