Best Place to Raise Kids in Arizona: Vail
Nearby city: Tucson
Median family income: $63,157
Avg. school math score: 83.25 (State avg.: 55.38)
Avg. school reading score: 91.75 (State avg.: 73.29)
Once again, Vail emerged as Businessweek.com’s best place to raise kids in Arizona. The city experienced rapid growth in the past decade and now has a population of 10,208, compared with 2,484 in 2000, according to U.S. Census data. Rankings by Onboard Informatics show that Vail schools outperform others in the state in math and science. As for recreation, the town is near parks, nature preserves, and conservation areas.
** Population data for Vail are from the U.S. Census Bureau, not Onboard Informatics.
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