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Fort Worth declared one of America's 10 best cities to raise a family

Fort Worth declared one of America's 10 best cities to raise a family

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Fort Worth is where you want to be if you're raising a family. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth CVB

Those born and raised in Fort Worth sure are lucky. Our city was just named the third best in America to raise a family.

A study conducted by SmartAsset, a personal finance company, considered factors like high school graduation rate, unemployment rate, crime rate, price of child care, cost of living, and percentage of the population under age 20 to determine the rankings. Texas dominates with five cities in the top 10. Besides Fort Worth, Arlington comes in at No. 4, El Paso at No. 8, and Corpus Christi tied with Austin at No. 9.

Fort Worth is the highest ranking Texas city thanks to its high-quality schools and amount of young people; 31 percent of Forth Worth's population is under 20. Just down the road, Arlington offers ideal qualities for families, including a low unemployment rate of 4.3 percent and a high reading and math proficiency of 79.7 percent.

Compared to the other top Texas towns, Austin boasts the highest proficiency in math and reading (81.5 percent) and the highest high school graduation rate (90.1 percent). It also has the lowest poverty rate (14.5 percent) and unemployment rate (4.2 percent).

El Paso boasts the fifth lowest crime rate of all the cities in the study, and in Corpus Christi, housing is relatively affordable, only requiring 22 percent of income. 

While they don't crack the top 10, Texas' other large cities, San Antonio (No. 11), Dallas (No. 14), and Houston (No. 19), land in the top 20. The No. 1 spot goes to Fort Wayne, Indiana.