Best cities for young families? See which four in Sacramento area made the list

Children frolic at the Folsom Aquatic Center in 2015.
Children frolic at the Folsom Aquatic Center in 2015.

NerdWallet, a personal finance website, named four Sacramento communities in its top 10 “Best Cities for Young Families in California.”

Folsom (No. 2), Yuba City (No. 3), Roseville (No. 8) and Davis (No. 9) made the list, while Chico (No. 15) and Redding (No. 18) were other Northern California cities ranked in the top 20. Clovis was awarded the overall top spot.

The website used three criteria for the rankings:

▪ Does the city have good public schools? NerdWallet measured schools’ academic performance with ratings from GreatSchools. This nonprofit compares a school’s standardized test scores to the state average to obtain a rating on a 1 to 10 scale (10 representing the highest score). Higher ratings led to a higher overall score.

▪ Can you afford to live there? The website examined median home values in each city and ongoing monthly home costs, including mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities and other bills. Lower costs led to a higher overall score.

▪ Is the city growing and prospering? NerdWallet assessed a city’s economy by looking at average annual household income and income growth over the past decade. Higher incomes and stronger growth led to a higher overall score.

A snapshot of reasons certain cities made the list:

▪ Folsom: “Strong schools, parks and jobs await young families in Folsom.”

▪ Yuba City: “Families seeking affordable housing and opportunities for access to growing incomes will feel right at home in Yuba City.”

▪ Roseville: “This city … features over 4,000 acres of parklands and 31 miles of trails.”

▪ Davis: “Families here can play at 400 acres of parks and participate in a variety of activities.”

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