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100 best towns to raise a family

New book uses key factors to rank U.S. locales

If you can move any place in the United States to raise your family, first read "Best Places to Raise Your Family," by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander. This unique book reveals the top 100 best towns for families, based primarily on standard of living, education, lifestyle, and health and safety considerations. However, if you think you will find the perfect place for families, you will be disappointed. Even Sperling and Sander admit, "There is no perfect place," that appeals to everyone. As their profiles of 100 towns explain in great detail, every place has its pros and cons. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Although there are many authors' opinions throughout the 100 reports on the best U.S. family-friendly towns, most of the best places are based on facts and lots of statistics. Subjective evaluations are extremely difficult, even for the expert authors. For example, I grew up in Edina, Minn., so I was especially interested in the authors' recommendations for that state. Their fir...