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Kiplinger Names Richland Top 10 Place to Raise Children

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RICHLAND, WA - Kiplinger has named Richland one of the top 10 best places to raise your children nationwide. 

The company says it took a two-step approach to come up with the list. Kiplinger looked for metropolitan areas with high household incomes relative to living costs, a large percentage of families with children under 18, and low crime rates. Not the cheapest places, but rather places where earnings potential is more than adequate to cover a family's expenses. 

Then, researchers honed in on a specific city within each of their top 10 metro areas that was well-suited for raising kids based on educational factors (spending per student and the quality of local school districts) as well as fun factors (availability of public parks, playgrounds and libraries). They looked at each city's average income for families -- as opposed to median income for all households - to give a realistic sense of how much it can cost a family to live in a place with so many kid-centric benefits.

Kiplinger ranked Richland second on the top 10 list based on the following information. 

Population: 48,058 

Average family income: $95,620 

Percentage of families with children: 28.7% 

Metro-area spending per student: $8,528 

Public playgrounds: 29 

Here's what Kiplinger had to say about Richland's ranking:

Richland and its neighbors, Kennewick and Pasco, make up the heart of Washington's Tri-Cities region, a northwest technology hub surrounded by farmers' fields.

The Department of Energy runs several major operations in the Richland area, and the DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is the city's largest employer. That means families can earn a very comfortable living. 

Students at schools such as Lewis & Clark and White Bluffs Elementary perennially outperform their peers on state standardized tests.

Plus, there's plenty to keep an active family entertained. The region boasts a family fishing pond, a splash park, a quarter-acre "playground of dreams" and 300 sunny days a year. 

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