Best Places to Raise Your Family: The Top 100 Affordable Communities in the U.S. (Rated) ペーパーバック – 2006/5/8
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Best Places to Raise Your Family: Experts Choose 100 Top Communities That You Can Afford provides timely facts and expert in-depth analysis on 100 U.S. neighborhoods in an accessible and friendly format. Whether you're mulling over the idea of relocating your family, trying to decide where to live once you have a family, or just curious about how your hometown stacks up, you’ll be intrigued by Best Places to Raise Your Family. In addition to providing population statistics, each city is ranked on a number of essential factors such as: education, standard of living, health and safety, and lifestyle. Easy-to-use tables help you put this wealth of information to work to find the place that best suits your family's special needs and interests.
Peter Sander is a professional author, researcher, and consultant in the fields of business and personal finance. He has written 13 books including Cities Ranked & Rated, Value Investing For Dummies, the 250 Personal Finance Questions Everyone Should Ask, The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Living on a Budget, and Niche and Grow Rick. His educational background includes an MBA in Logistics Management from Indiana University, a BA in Urban Affairs educational background includes an MBA in Logistics Management from Indiana University, a BA in Urban Affairs and Administration from Miami University of Ohio, and professional training and examination as a Certified high tech firm. Among numerous national and local television and radio appearances, Sander's credits include NBC Today, CNBC, CNNfn, Fox News, and Business Talk Radio. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, and now living with his wife and family in Granite Bay, CA, he has traveled in all 50 U.S. states.
For twenty years, Bert Sperling has been helping people find their own Best Place to live, work, play, and retire. His work continues to appear in the national media nearly every month. His 2004 book, Cities Ranked and Rated (also co-authored with Peters Sander) profiles metro areas in the United States and Canada, and was introduced on the Today show.
Sperling's studies and comparisons of cities cover a broad range, including such topics as best places to Live, Best Places for Seniors, Best Places to Retire, Most Stressful Cities, Best Cities for Dating, Most Fiscally Fit Cities, America's Healthiest Cities, Most Drivable Cities, Best and Worst Cities for Fleas, Most Romantic Cities, Most Photogenic Cities, Best Places to Buy a Second Home, Best Cities for Teens, Most Unwired Cities (Wi-Fi), Best Cities for Sleep, and Most Fun Cities. His firm's website, www.bestplaces.net, provides insight and guidance to millions of visitors each month, and its content is found on such websites as MSN, eBay, Yahoo!, and the Wall Street Journal.
Bert was born in Brooklyn, New York and has lived in such diverse places as Kodiak, Alaska; Carmel Valley, California; Key West, Florida; Oslo, Norway; and Long Island, New York. He currently makes his home in Portland California; Key West, Florida; Oslo, Norway; and Long Island, New York. He currently makes his home in Portland and Depoe Bay, Oregon, with his wife Gretchen and their faithful English Bull Terriers, Ruthie and Molly.
Having lived in a few of the cities rated as "Best Places" the subtle comments reveal a much more accurate picture of the area than the statistical data.
However, the book is slightly outdated because of the 2008 recession and economic times that hit. This book was made in 2006 but it gives some info based on the 2003 census which makes some of the information almost irrelevant now because of the recession. BUT if you take the info in the book for what it is and decide on like 5 cities to live based on the info in the book, you can then go on the web and get current info for each city. and some of the info will remain the same and some will change.
This book gives you a great starting point in your search for the best places to raise your family. Now some of these places I was suprised made the list and I was suprised to see that other places that typically make the list of best cities to live in didnt make the list. But overall this book was really helpful and I recomend it to anyone looking to move with their family, so that you know what your getting into and don't get yourself into a hole!
I have not seen an updated book and I don't even know if its possible to update this book now because of the recession and things change almost daily. An updated book would be more useful than this one as like I said some of the info is from the 2003 census. Just be cautious when reading and using this book and always remember to go on the web to a place like [...] and check the info for current information. All you have to do is go to the wiki website and type in the city you want and it will give you updated info about the city. Wiki is always updated by peer users and those users must have citations on where they got their information and wiki webmasters update it too.
There are just a few maps in the book and they are quite cheesy. Plus, a lot of the figures they use are recycled from the Census of six years ago. Any good web surfer can dig that stuff up.
I don't know about you, but I could have used less information on Starbucks outlets and `picture postcard' settings and a lot more on the schools. Isn't that why families move?
This book is an OK start. But there must be a better book out there on how a family in North Carolina can find a good school system in suburban Phoenix.