City Makes 2014 List of Top 10 Best Cities for Kids
The City of Palo Alto has been named one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities. With its quality schools, numerous parks and libraries, Junior Museum and Zoo, and Children’s Theatre, Palo Alto came in at #8 on the list.
The cities in the top 10 all give children opportunities to get a great education, live healthy lifestyles and engage in a multitude of activities with other kids, according to Livability.com. To come up with the list, editors first identified cities with high concentrations of school-age children, then took a look at how their schools stacked up and analyzed factors like childhood mortality rates, health insurance coverage, crime rates and the percentage of restaurants that feature kids’ menus. They also looked for cities with a lot of parks, playgrounds, libraries and recreational venues geared specifically for children.
Nearly 26 percent of all households in Palo Alto have kids and those families have a lot of options of things to do in the City. According to Livability.com, Palo Alto was chosen for its exceptionally rated schools, pristine parks, low crime rate, access to educational opportunities and cultural events at nearby Stanford University and the Palo Alto Art Center, vibrant downtown, historic neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, and free shuttles and bike paths.