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Best Small Cities For Families

Best Small Cities For Families

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America Best Small Cities ranked Delaware 404th out of 900 in a recent study by NerdWallet. [toby boyce]
Delaware, Ohio, ranked in America’s “best small cities” according to Best Small Cities for Families at NerdWallet.com.

This is an update and expansion of NerdWallets 2015 study in which no central Ohio cities ranked in the top 100. In 2017, Dublin (24) and Hilliard (63) landed in the top 100. While Upper Arlington (132), Grove City (182), Gahanna (209), Reynoldsburg (399), and Delaware (404) were ranked in the top 500.

The study looked at growth, affordability, prosperity, and family-friendliness of 944 communities with 25,000 – 75,000 residents and appear to use data set from 2010 to 2015.

What Happened to Delaware?

  1. Most of Delaware’s explosive growth was pre-2010. And the data set looked at changes in these numbers rather than just the raw numbers.
  2. Income Growth from 2010 to 2015 was actually a -2.57%.
  3. Extremely tight numbers, where Delaware scored a 51.47. While top-ranked Linton Hall, Va. was 74.55, just improving the final score by 5% would have moved Delaware up to a tie with Carpentersville, Ill. in 293rd place.

Cities, Delaware Summary

These are fun things to look at and when you are experiencing explosive growth can really make some noise. For example, one of the top-10 communities had experienced 47+% population growth from 2010-2015. Yikes! That’s an amazing growth amount that honestly I don’t know how you would make it work long term. Delaware’s growth was over 15-20 years and the growing pains keep popping up in places that are very expensive to get updated and finished.

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