A Family Thing

San Antonio declared one of America's best cities to raise a family

San Antonio declared one of America's best cities to raise a family

Children playing
Families rule in San Antonio. Photo by Alicia Vega

Those born and raised in San Antonio sure are lucky. Alamo City was just named the 11th 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 eight cities in the top 20. Fort Worth, No. 3, is followed by Arlington at No. 4; El Paso at No 8; and Corpus Christi, tied with Austin, at No. 9. Behind San Antonio are Dallas (No. 14) and Houston (No. 19).

San Antonio's high ranking is thanks in part to an impressive high school graduation rate (88 percent) and a high percentage of young people (almost 29 percent). Neighboring Austin boasts the highest proficiency in math and reading (81.5 percent) and the highest high school graduation rate (90.1 percent). 

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.

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. 

The No. 1 spot goes to Fort Wayne, Indiana.