Virginia Beach Ranked No. 2 City in America for Raising a Family

Beach Also Ranked Seventh Among Healthiest Cities for Women

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Virginia Beach is the second-best city in America for raising a family, according to 24/7 Wall St., a financial news website.

The website examined the nation's 100 largest cities and released its findings Friday.  Each city was rated based on its parks, playgrounds, high schools, children’s hospitals, adult education levels, unemployment rate and crime rate. The website said this about Virginia Beach:

“Virginia Beach is extremely prosperous, due in large part to the presence of several military bases in the area. It has the eighth-lowest rate of violent crime among major cities and the fifth-lowest unemployment rate. It also has the second-largest acreage of parkland per capita, behind only New Orleans, which has suffered huge population losses in recent years. Virginia Beach also has one of the highest numbers of playgrounds per capita in the country.”

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On the same day, Virginia Beach was rated the seventh-healthiest city in America for women by Women’s Health magazine.  The staff ranked 100 cities based on 38 measures of health and well-being, including access to medical care, cancer rates, obesity rates and longevity.

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