The parents of Scottsdale children have apparently chosen well as Scottsdale has been chosen as the best place to raise children. Criteria including family income, cost of living and crime rates were part of the ranking. Scottsdale scored high on average family income, public school quality and number of public parks. The web site: MyLife.com did the ranking.
MyLife compared the nation’s 100 most populous cities and determined the ranking. The criteria used: Average family income, cost of living, crime rate, quality of public schools, and the number of public parks per capita. Much of the information that MyLife uses comes from other sites. SchoolDigger.com, NeighborhoodScout.com and AreaVibes.com as well as the Census and Yelp.com.
SchoolDigger.com measures the quality of public schools by averaging published math and English test scores from state departments of education.
Tamara Delmar, area director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale,
found that the ranking was appropriate, but also said the criteria used does not capture all of what makes Scottsdale an ideal environment and great place to raise kids. She went on to say that she thinks that the “spirit of collaboration” among community agencies is what sets the city of Scottsdale apart from the rest. Scottsdale landed the No. 1 spot by scoring especially high in the average family income and quality of public schools and public park categories.
The accolade seems right on the mark, said Kelly Corsette, spokesman for the City of Scottsdale. “We are a safe city, with great parks and outdoor spaces, and served by top notch schools,” he said. Jeff Thomas, associate superintendent for the Scottsdale Unified School District, said the city couldn’t have gotten No. 1 without Scottsdale’s great teachers and school leaders. Next school year, budget cuts are expected to reduce music and art classes, cut teaching positions and close one elementary school. Scottsdale wasn’t the only city in the Valley to make the list as Chandler came in as No. 4, scoring especially high in the public school ranking category.
MyLife’s list came just a day after the financial website WalletHub.com ranked
Gilbert the ninth best U.S. city for families. WalletHub compared the 150 largest U.S. communities and ranked Gilbert high based on its affordability, socio economic demographics and education. The city ranked lukewarm for health and safety on that list and did poorly in the “family activities and fun” category,
Scottsdale came in No. 28 on that list.