Scottsdale and Chandler are ranked among the top 20 cities for families with children, according to a recent study by StorageCafe.
The company examined the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. and ranked them in several categories, including affordability, schools, safety, recreation opportunities and other socio-economic factors.
Scottsdale was No. 13 on the list and Chandler was No. 18.
The top five cities in the rankings were Plano, Texas; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Lincoln, Nebraska; Boise, Idaho; and Raleigh, N.C.
Scottsdale was ranked the No. 1 city in the Southwest for families with children. The study noted Scottsdale’s good schools (No. 3 overall), low crime rate and access to health care facilities and recreational opportunities, such as golf courses, pools and tennis and pickleball courts. Those good scores made up for the city’s relatively high cost of housing.
“The local real estate scene isn’t cheap, with the median home price sitting at around $861,000, and the cost of groceries and childcare is higher than the 100-city average,” the study said. “However, Scottsdale families make a pretty penny here, bringing home about $140,000 per year, the seventh-highest income by familial household.”