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    Top 6 Best Cities to Raise Children!

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    Searching for an ideal city to raise your military family is a challenge, mostly because you're not given a choice of where your next PCS location will be. But, there are several small, tucked-away communities that are close to military installations that offer your children every chance to have a great education, sense of community and overall great childhood.

    Businessweek's list of the "Best Cities to Raise a Family" found that several small cities in states such as Alabama, Colorado and California not only offer good schools, a safe environment, and low cost of living, but also diversity, job growth and culture.

    If your family is on the move, and you're looking for a city near a military base, check out this list of the best places to raise your family:

    Huntsville, Ala.
    Population: 162,819
    Closest military base: Redstone Arsenal
    Median household income: $69,000

    A major attraction in Huntsville is the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which is best known as the place where scientists designed rockets in the 1950s. Today, it's a large tourist attraction and offers interactive exhibits, rides and movies.

    Anchorage, Alaska
    Population: 281,070
    Closest military base: Elmendorf Air Force Base
    Median household income: $80,927

    According to Businessweek, residents of Anchorage enjoy a strong economy, low crime and a healthy environment teeming with wildlife.

    Gilbert, Ariz.
    Population: 152,529
    Closest military base: Phoenix Army Air Guard
    Median household income; $89,031

    Gilbert offers many activities to keep your children busy such as a skate park, the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, and a large movie theater.

    Springdale, Ark.
    Population: 56,499
    Closest Military base: US Army Department
    Median household income: $53,385

    Springdale is in northwest Arkansas and has its own minor-league baseball stadium, in addition to parks, a major rodeo event, and nearby hunting and fishing sites. What's more, the Tyson Foods headquarters is in located in this city.

    Arcadia, Calif.
    Population: 56,394
    Closest military base: US Marine Corps Base in Pasadena, Calif.
    Median household income: $81,417

    Arcadia is 20 miles from Los Angeles and has some of the best schools in California. Arcadia is also home to the Santa Anita Park racetrack, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

    Fort Collins, Colo.
    Population: 126,496
    Closest military base: U.S. Army Reserve Center, and Air National Guard
    Median household income: $76,172

    Fort Collins has great schools, low crime, and a vibrant downtown area dubbed "Old Town." It has miles of hiking and biking trails, 600 acres of parks and 5,000 acres of natural areas.
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    thanks for posting this!

    and...i can't believe a town from arkansas is on there

    p.s i HATE it when ppl use ARK for arkansas, its AR
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    Quote Originally Posted by settles View Post
    thanks for posting this!

    and...i can't believe a town from arkansas is on there

    p.s i HATE it when ppl use ARK for arkansas, its AR
    I know this isn't pertaining to the OP but do you also hate it when people say Arkansas as Ar-Kansas? It bothers me. Sorry just a random question
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    DH was at Redstone last year and I did not like Huntsville although I was only there for a couple days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moni View Post
    I know this isn't pertaining to the OP but do you also hate it when people say Arkansas as Ar-Kansas? It bothers me. Sorry just a random question
    i dont hear many ppl say that... since most of my life i have lived here...
    but why do ppl want to give it a 3rd letter? no other states have 3 letters...
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    for Anchorage being on there! That's my home town!
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    The only place I wouldn't mind living would be Anchorage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by settles View Post
    i dont hear many ppl say that... since most of my life i have lived here...
    but why do ppl want to give it a 3rd letter? no other states have 3 letters...
    Well they are kind of abbreviating it, but kind of not. Like they put Calif. instead of CA and Ariz. instead of AZ

    No clue why though. You'd think because they were just trying to shorten it but why not just put the common postal abbreviations


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    Quote Originally Posted by ily.mmw View Post
    Well they are kind of abbreviating it, but kind of not. Like they put Calif. instead of CA and Ariz. instead of AZ

    No clue why though. You'd think because they were just trying to shorten it but why not just put the common postal abbreviations
    haha i didn't notice they did it on all of them
    it gets done to arkansas a lot though...
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