Onboard powers Bloomberg/BusinessWeek’s Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2011

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Communities that are small, affordable and family-friendly with good public schools, make the list for Best Places to Raise a Family If you have children, you want the best house in the best neighborhood that your family can afford, and it's not always about the number of baths in the home - although 2+ bathrooms can certainly help bring peace to your household during teeth-brushing time! You evaluate the schools, the safety of the town, the recreation available to all of you - heck, some of you may even want to know where the closest Trader Joe's is (or is that just me?).  Luckily, BusinessWeek has evaluated over 5,400 communities nationwide utilizing Onboard’s comprehensive community data and demographics to bring us a list of the best places to raise a family.

This year, they shifted their focus from  large urbanized cities to smaller towns with populations of 50,000 or less.Considerations included: town’s median income relative to their particular state's median income, school performance, number of schools, crime statistics, cost of living, as well as job growth, air quality, ethnic diversity and access to recreational amenities - all of the qualities you would want in a community for your family.

The cities are listed in alphabetical order, by state, and in the CT/NJ/NY tri-state area (where we are located), the following cities top the list:

Best place to raise kids in Connecticut: Kensington

Nearby city: Hartford Population: 8,479 Median family income: $90,189 Runner-up: Portland

Best place to raise kids in New Jersey: Ridgefield Park

Nearby city: New York Population: 10,675 Median family income: $84,544 Runner-up: Bergenfield

Best place to raise kids in New York: West Seneca

Nearby city: Buffalo Population: 43,575 Median family income: $69,188 Runner-up: Lancaster

To read the full list, click here: http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/20101214/the-best-places-to-raise-your-kids-2011/slides/33