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Looking for place to raise children? Survey says Sacramento isn’t a bad option

An aerial view shows the Sacramento River splitting Sacramento, left, and West Sacramento on Feb. 12.
An aerial view shows the Sacramento River splitting Sacramento, left, and West Sacramento on Feb. 12. Special to The Bee

Looking for a good city to raise a family? Sacramento is a decent option, according to a survey.

Taking 150 American cities and using 41 key metrics to determine the best locations, Sacramento ranked 38th overall and eighth in California on WalletHub’s listings of Best and Worst Places to Raise a Family.

Source: WalletHub

Breaking down some main factors in Sacramento’s overall score of 59.23, the city’s top asset is “Family Fun Rank” – ninth overall. Los Angeles topped the list in this category, but was 92nd in the overall rating at 52.48.

Sacramento did not make the top five or bottom five in any of eight categories highlighted on the site, including playgrounds per capita, affordable housing and divorce rates.

Overland Park, Kan., was the survey’s overall top city, scoring 74.46. Birmingham, Ala., was the worst at 39.17.

California cities that ranked higher than Sacramento include Fremont (fourth overall, 65.94), San Jose (13th, 63.65) and San Diego (24th, 60.75). San Francisco finished one spot below the capital city with a score of 59.13.

The site specializes in credit reports. Its analysts used data from several sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to compile the rankings. Earlier this year it put Sacramento among its top 25 big U.S. cities to live in.

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