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Houston named No. 2 city in the U.S. for young families and the No. 1 is in Texas

Houston named No. 2 city in the U.S. for young families

Children's Museum of Houston presents National Ice Cream Day
Houston is No. 2 on list of top cities for young families. In this file photo, kids enjoy National Ice Cream Day at the Children's Museum of Houston. Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Houston

Raising kids is one of life's most rewarding journeys. And if you live in Houston, you're off to a great start, as we've been named among the best cities for young families. 

Personal finance website ValuePenguin determined the family-friendly spots by analyzing 16 key metrics that fit into five categories. Of the 156 cities studied, Houston ranks No. 2.

In individual categories, Houston ranks No. 8 for economic strength, No. 7 for the percentage of kids in the population, No. 17 as a desirable place for working parents and No. 18 in mortgage to income ratio. And we rank No. 42 for outdoor activities, due to the mild weather.

Our lowest mark, however, is in average commute time — surprise — ranking 145 out of the 156 cities. And safety and healthcare ranks a dismal 134.

Houston's not the only Texas hot spot for young families. Austin ranks No. 1, followed by Dallas at No. 5 and San Antonio at No. 14. 

The full report can be viewed here.