Charlotte Ranks No. 2 In The Nation As One of the Best Places For Families to Live

As printed in ZipCode, the official blog of ZipRealty.

When searching for a home, lots of families want to buy in high-performing school districts, but they can’t always afford to pay an outrageously high mortgage. To help families find affordable homes in great school districts, we have released our second annual ranking of the Best Places for Families to Live!

Our rankings take into account the availability of highly ranked schools, based on ZipRealty’s School Score, and the affordability of local real estate, which factors the median price per square foot within the school district. School Score ratings measure the performance of each school district, including elementary, middle and high schools on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. We also considered areas where 10 home sales closed within the school district during 2013.

Here are the Top 10 Best Places for Families to Live:

  1. Minneapolis Metro
  2. Charlotte Metro, School District Rating: 9.1
  3. Dallas Metro
  4. Chicago Metro
  5. Boston Metro
  6. Portland Metro
  7. Westchester, NY
  8. Austin Metro
  9. Orange County, CA
  10. Seattle Metro