Aurora has been named a top place to start a family in a report from a financing company. (Steve Lord / The Beacon-News)
A study by a financing company named Aurora as a top place in America to raise a family.
The study was conducted by finance firm LendEDU, and evaluated the biggest cities in America based on where young couples would want to start a family. Aurora ranked 12th out of 300 cities across the nation.
"Young couples often imagine their kids growing up in the perfect house in the perfect city," said LendEDU researchers in a press release put out by the city of Aurora. "Staying put in one house can provide many benefits to a young family: Your kids are given a consistent education, they can make life-long friends who all live in the same area, and parents can find peace in knowing their kids are comfortable and safe. Ultimately, millennials looking to start a family must find all of these things at a reasonable price."
In order to identify the top 300 cities for starting a family, LendEDU evaluated data for the 350 most populated cities in the United States, according to the release. The 350 cities were evaluated for education quality, cost of first home purchase, safety and percentage of young families in the population.
The top city in the report was Frisco, Texas. Naperville finished eighth and Aurora 12th.
Education quality was determined by using a rating calculated by Greatschools.org based on standardized test scores for students in each city, according to LendEDU.
Cost of first home purchase was determined based on statistics drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, according to the release, while safety was determined using statistics drawn from the FBI’s crime statistics data and Neighorhoodscout.com, a website recommended by the U.S. government’s data platform.
The percentage of young families was calculated using data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, according to the release.