BusinessWeek ranks Quincy, Weymouth tops for raising kids

Brad Kane

BusinessWeek magazine has named Quincy the best place to raise children in Massachusetts.

"It confirms what we all know about Quincy," Mayor Thomas Koch said. "It’s kind of neat to get that reaction from outside eyes."

Weymouth was the runner-up, and Barnstable was third. Weymouth also was runner-up in last year’s BusinessWeek rankings, which had Malden on top.

Milton, ranked by Money magazine as one of the 10 "Best Places to Live" in the country, was too small to be considered for the BusinessWeek list.

Only 23 of 351 communities in Massachusetts were eligible for BusinessWeek’s rankings. The magazine looked for a minimum population of 45,000 and a median family income between $40,000 and $125,000. Among other things, the magazine looked at schools, crime rates, air quality and diversity.

HOUSING  

Quincy has quality surroundings that don’t pinch the pocketbook, said Preshant Gopal, real estate writer for BusinessWeek. "Parents want to live in a safe place where the schools are good but it is a bargain," he said. The median family income in Quincy is $74,160.

SCHOOLS

A diverse student population speaking 32 dialects is an asset to Quincy, the magazine said. The city has 12 elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools but still manages to have a low student-to-teacher ratio. 

HISTORY

Quincy is the birthplace of John Adams and John Quincy Adams and is known as the City of Presidents. Parents have plenty of historical sites to take their kids to for hands-on learning. Its 27 miles of coastline and numerous parks also helped the city get its top ranking.

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