Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jersey City-One of Best Cities to Raise Children

The newly created Children's Health magazine released a list of the top 100 places in the nation to raise a family and ranked Jersey City 13th. The only other New Jersey municipality to make the list was Newark, who was ranked 46th.

Children's Health is a joint venture between editors at Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, all published by Rodale. The magazine's inaugural issue, featuring the list and a cover story on First Lady Michelle Obama, hit newsstands Sept. 15.

Burlington, Vt., topped the family-friendly list, followed by Fargo, N.D., and Lincoln, Neb.

The magazine used 29 "quality of life variables" in the areas of employment, health, housing, safety, education and family life to compile the list, according to its Web site.

Among the factors the magazine considered were travel time to and from work; employment rates; changes in housing prices; class sizes; historic sites; parks, and museums.

"This administration and the Jersey City Council work tirelessly to improve the quality of life in our city and we are glad to see our efforts be recognized," Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said. "I am proud of our diversity and progress. From art and culture to recreational activities and leisure past times, we have hundreds of things for families to do. Jersey City has great parks, restaurants, shops and wonderful neighborhoods that continue to attract families here all the time."

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