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Texas Rules Zillow's List of the Best Cities to Be a Kid

Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Dallas, Texas all appear on Zillow's list of the best cities for kids - places with plenty of theme parks, big yards and other playmates.

Sep 15, 2016

SEATTLE, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zillow announced its list of the best cities for kids[i] and Corpus Christi, Texas tops the list, followed up Madison, Wis. and Fort Worth, Texas.

To compile the list, Zillow analyzed listing descriptions in the 100 largest cities across the country to find the most kid-centric terms, looking for cities where neighborhood friends are easy to come by, parks and theme parks are nearby, and yards are large.

Zillow's top 10 list includes four Texas cities: Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Dallas. In Corpus Christi, number one on the list, 14 percent of residents are under 10 years old and the median yard size is almost 6,000 square feet. There are also seven parks for every 10,000 people.

Other cities on the list include Charlotte, N.C. and Tulsa, Okla. Of the top 10 list, Charlotte has the largest median yard size, at almost 11,000 square feet. In Tulsa, almost 10 percent of listings feature kid friendly terms.

Zillow's Top 10 List of the Best Cities for Kids

Ranking

City

Percent of Residents Under 10 Years Old

Percent of Listings with Kid Friendly Terms[ii]

Number of Parks per 10k People

Number of Theme Parks per 10k People

Median Yard Size in Sq Ft.

1

Corpus Christi, TX

14.0%

6.7%

7

0.07

5,913

2

Madison, WI

10.6%

4.3%

12

0.17

7,730

3

Fort Worth, TX

16.1%

13.8%

4

0.02

5,742

4

San Antonio, TX

14.6%

14.3%

2

0.04

6,211

5

Greensboro, NC

13.2%

7.7%

8

0.01

10,501

6

Charlotte, NC

14.3%

8.0%

4

0.03

10,549

7

Tulsa, OK

14.1%

9.9%

3

0.03

7,226

8

Wichita, KS

15.4%

8.7%

4

0.02

7,388

9

Anchorage, AK

14.0%

3.8%

8

0.03

7,297

10

Dallas, TX

15.7%

7.6%

3

0.02

7,133

"Must-haves for families with kids are a lot different than those without," said Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wacksman. "In addition to a convenient commute, families with kids also want an awesome backyard. Forget the gourmet kitchen – kids want a decked-out finished basement, dedicated playroom or custom treehouse. Proximity to happening nightlife isn't nearly as important as growing up close to lots of other kids to play around with. On this list of kid-friendly communities, currently 'hot,' amenity-rich, dense cities like San Francisco and Seattle take a back seat to communities in wide-open places like Texas and the Midwest that offer plenty of room for children to grow."

City Name

Percent of Children Under 10 Years Old

Percent of Listings with Kid Friendly Terms

Number of Parks per 10k People

Number of Theme Parks per 10k People[iii]

Median Yard Size in Sq Ft.[iv]

New York, NY

12.5%

5.0%

3

0.01

n/a

Los Angeles, CA

12.4%

6.6%

2

0.01

5,462

Chicago, IL

13.0%

2.0%

3

0.02

n/a

Houston, TX

14.9%

10.3%

3

0.02

5,882

Philadelphia, PA

12.8%

3.6%

3

0.01

653

Phoenix, AZ

15.3%

5.4%

2

0.01

5,550

Las Vegas, NV

13.8%

1.8%

2

0.02

4,087

San Antonio, TX

14.6%

14.3%

2

0.04

6,211

San Diego, CA

11.9%

4.1%

3

0.02

n/a

Dallas, TX

15.7%

7.6%

3

0.02

7,133

San Jose, CA

12.8%

4.3%

3

0.04

4,705

Jacksonville, FL

13.3%

6.4%

5

0.01

7,812

San Francisco, CA

8.2%

7.2%

3

0.01

1,463

Indianapolis, IN

14.8%

6.1%

3

0.02

7,363

Austin, TX

13.3%

12.2%

4

0.01

6,488

Fort Worth, TX

16.1%

13.8%

4

0.02

5,742

Detroit, MI

13.5%

0.9%

4

0.00

3,668

Columbus, OH

13.9%

3.7%

6

0.02

5,659

Memphis, TN

14.6%

5.8%

3

0.01

7,698

Charlotte, NC

14.3%

8.0%

4

0.03

10,549

El Paso, TX

14.5%

4.5%

4

n/a  

5,444

Boston, MA

9.8%

2.7%

7

0.01

n/a

Seattle, WA

9.4%

5.4%

7

0.01

4,565

Baltimore, MD

12.9%

2.2%

7

n/a  

1,232

Denver, CO

12.8%

4.3%

5

0.01

4,851

Washington, DC

11.2%

1.9%

7

0.01

1,707

Nashville, TN

13.0%

7.4%

5

n/a  

10,103

Milwaukee, WI

15.4%

3.5%

4

n/a  

4,677

Tucson, AZ

11.8%

4.5%

3

0.02

n/a

Portland, OR

10.6%

7.8%

6

0.01

4,311

Oklahoma City, OK

14.9%

6.7%

3

0.02

6,374

Omaha, NE

14.5%

3.7%

5

0.02

6,962

Albuquerque, NM

13.4%

3.9%

6

0.01

n/a

Fresno, CA

16.7%

5.0%

1

0.03

5,687

Sacramento, CA

14.1%

4.7%

5

0.03

5,134

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[i] Zillow's analysis looked at public records and listings on Zillow, data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 American Community Survey, The Trust for Public Land data on parks, and POI Factory data on theme parks.

[ii] Terms included in the analysis were treehouse, playroom, bonus room, kid's room, game room, big yard, large yard, huge yard and giant yard.

[iii] There are between one and 18 theme parks nearby any given city. After normalizing for population, the number of theme parks per 10,000 people is inevitably less than one.

[iv] Data not available for all cities. Cities with missing data were not included in the overall ranking analysis.

 

SOURCE Zillow

For further information: Jordyn Lee, Zillow, [email protected]


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