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Ranking: Rocklin top California city for young families

Laurie Dyck, a teacher at the City of Rocklin Preschool, gives a high-five to 4-year-old Colby Thompson of Rocklin as he finishes his seven-minute ride in a trike-a-thon September 28, 2006. Dyck's children, now grown, all participated in the trike-a-thon when they were in preschool. Sacramento Bee/ Autumn Cruz
Laurie Dyck, a teacher at the City of Rocklin Preschool, gives a high-five to 4-year-old Colby Thompson of Rocklin as he finishes his seven-minute ride in a trike-a-thon September 28, 2006. Dyck's children, now grown, all participated in the trike-a-thon when they were in preschool. Sacramento Bee/ Autumn Cruz Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Rocklin was recently named one of the top 100 cities for young families – and the best in California – according to a survey by Apartmentlist.com.

The Placer County city placed No. 13 overall. The survey by the San Francisco apartment search company ranked cities based on: crime rates, both violent and property; cost of the average two-bedroom apartment; high school graduation rate; and children as a percentage of the population.

“Rocklin does really well across the board for any city that’s going to be in the top 20,” said Max Rosett, data scientist with Apartmentlist.com.

Other cities in the greater Sacramento region made the list, including Elk Grove (No. 33), Yuba City (No. 87) and Vacaville (No. 91). Many of the top 10 cities are located in the Midwest, including No. 1 Fishers, Ind.

An average two-bedroom apartment in Rocklin rents for $1,220 a month, equal to 19 percent of average household income in the city, according to Apartmentlist.com. Rosett said housing costs generally shouldn’t exceed 30 percent of income.

By comparison, a two-bedroom unit in San Francisco would run $4,350, representing 72 percent of average income.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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