Young families are flocking to Texas, Houston

Houston ranks No. 2 in measures that attract young families
  • ValuePenguin, a personal finance site, ranked the best cities to raise young families.
  • Out of 156 metros, Houston came in no. 2.
  • The rankings considered a variety of factors important to young families, including commute times, outdoor activities and education.

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A variety of factors come into play when deciding where to settle a young family. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of lists, tools and calculators that can be used to make that call. Some, of course, are better than others. But for Houston, and Texas as a whole, a new ranking finds both the city and the state very family-friendly. Of the 156 cities studied, Houston ranks no. 2. And, Texas is the most popular state in the overall top 10, making it the no. 1 state for those just starting out. Personal finance website ValuePenguin did it’s homework to cull its own list of great spots for a young family to grow. From economics and education to safety and healthcare and beyond, there can be a mind-boggling number of factors to consider. ValuePenguin’s number-crunchers came up with 16 data points from eight sources, and sprinkled in the musing of three experts to come up with its list. On the positive side, by category, Houston ranks: No. 8 for economic s...