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Forget the grocery prices: For families, Honolulu is first rate

Because of its distance from the US mainland, Honolulu is known as an expensive place to live. But not so expensive that it's out of reach for middle-class families. In fact, in a study of 257 cities, Best Life Magazine ranks Honolulu the best in which to raise a family. Yes, the Hawaiian capital is pricey, but the editors considered a host of other factors, including the quality of the schools and healthcare options, the number of parks and museums, and crime statistics. In Honolulu's case, they looked favorably upon the lower-than-average unemployment rate, $9,000 expenditure per pupil, and the presence of 125 Oahu beaches. The best places to raise a family, in Best Life magazine's estimation:

  • 1. Honolulu
  • 2. Virginia Beach, Va.
  • 3. Billings, Mont.
  • 4. Columbus, Ga.
  • 5. San Diego
  • 6. Des Moines, Iowa
  • 7. Minneapolis
  • 8. Madison, Wis.
  • 9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 10. Santa Rosa, Calif.
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