The best place to raise a family? Not Austin. We’re not that fun

OK, Wallet Hub. This one you got wrong. Austin was named 33rd in Wallet Hub’s list for the Best Places to Raise a Family. Why so low?

Get this: It ranked us 106 in family fun. What? It couldn’t find our parks? Our children’s museum or the many other museums with family programming? Our family theater companies? Our at least one festival every weekend that is for families? Or recreation center offerings?

Luke Keyes, of Austin Oddities was on hand to help kids and grown-ups in the art of super large bubble making much to the delight of his ever growing audience The Contemporary offers free family fun on the second Saturday of the month. .RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015

We could understand if it knocked us for affordability or access to health care, but family fun? You don’t know Austin, Wallet Hub.

By the way, in affordability, it ranked us 21. What? It ranked us 74 in health and safety, and 97 in socioeconomic issues. In education and child care it ranked us 36th.

So where does Wallet Hub think is the best place to raise a family?

  1. Overland Park, Kan.
  2. Irvine, Calif.
  3. Fremont, Calif.
  4. South Burlington, Vt.
  5. Bismarck, N.D.
  6. Plano
  7. Fargo, N.D.
  8. Sioux Falls, S.D.
  9. Huntington Beach, Calif.
  10. Gilbert, Ariz.

I’d like to see you move to South Dakota, North Dakota or Kansas and enjoy the family fun there, Wallet Hub.

 

 

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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