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Atlanta ranks top 10 for family-friendly cities in new study

Atlanta had a perfect score in childcare availability.

ATLANTA — Atlanta is bringing a new meaning to southern hospitality by being named one of Homes.com's top 10 family friendly cities. 

Homes.com ranked Atlanta as the 10th most family-friendly city to live in the U.S. In 2017, Atlanta ranked seventh on the list. Nine of the 10 cities on the list were southern cities, with a majority coming from states like Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. 

Virginia Beach, Virginia was named the top family friendly city and received a 44.98 out of 50.00 compared to Atlanta's 39.7.

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The popular site considered factors like safety, cost of living, availability of child care services, average commute times, school quality and park availability per capita. The report noted that each of the six categories were graded on a 5-point scale, with a score of 5 representing the most favorable conditions. 

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2019 homes.com Family Friendly Index

According to Homes.com, all of the top 10 cities had above average schools and a low cost of living. Atlanta had a perfect score in childcare availability and above average scores in school quality, park availability, cost of living and childcare availability. Atlanta had an average rating in commute length and safety. 

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The lower ranking cities generally fell short in the safety and cost of living categories. 

"For these reasons, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, and Memphis, TN scored 24.95, 26.13 and 26.83, respectively. This isn’t to say that low-scoring cities aren’t great places to live in general, it’s simply that they are less ideal for families specifically," according to Cheria Brickhouse's homes.com article.

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