Leander, Cedar Park rank among best small cities for families

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Two Austin area cities are among the top 10 small cities for families, and five other Texas cities are listed in the top 20.

According to a survey released by NerdWallet on Monday, Leander came in as the third-best small city and Cedar Park ranked eighth. The Dallas-Fort Worth area communities of Little Elm and Flower Mound came in second and seventh, respectively. Kyle was ranked 11th on the survey, with Wylie at 13th and Keller in 15th.

The survey analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 944 cities (defined as both incorporated municipalities and unincorporated census-designated places) with populations between 25,000 and 75,000. Income and affordability, prosperity and growth, and family friendliness each made up 1/3 of the overall score. Leander was noted by NerdWallet for having median home values that “are still below average relative to most cities in our analysis,” and Cedar Park was noted as being the sixth-fastest growing city in the survey.

The number 1 city on the list is Linton Hill, Va., an unincorporated community around 40 miles west of Washington, D.C. Other Central Texas communities ranking on the list include Pflugerville (42) and Schertz (58).

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Best small cities for families

1. Linton Hall, Va.
2. Little Elm, Texas
3. Leander, Texas

4. Lehi, Utah
5. Sammamish, Wash.
6. Brentwood, Tenn.
7. Flower Mound, Texas
8. Cedar Park, Texas

9. Bentonville, Ark.
10. Plainfield, Ill.

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