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Got into work this morning and Jeremy Chandler came into he office and told me about a report on the best and worst cities to raise a family in…not a good way to start the day if you live in Clarksville.

Here was the top ten places to raise a family…by the way i used to live in #2!
1 Honolulu, Hawaii — Schools spend almost $9,000 per pupil, unemployment ranks less than half the national average, and you can play on the island of O’ahu’s 125 beaches.
2 Virginia Beach, Virginia
3 Billings, Montana
4 Columbus, Georgia
5 San Diego, California
6 Des Moines, Iowa
7 Minneapolis, Minnesota
8 Madison, Wisconsin — Madison has a high number of pediatricians per capita.
9 Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Santa Rosa, California

Ok, great but they forgot to mention that in most of those cities the idea of having a one income family and not living in the ghetto is almost impossible. The crazy thing was Clarksville was rated the worst place to raise a kid in because of per student education spending. Numbers never say it all, we have great schools, great teachers and this is a great city. I am a little biased, I love Clarksville, love this city and at least people can afford to buy a house here and still put gas in their car or go to the movies! The other thought is, who would not want to raise their kid in Hawaii??? it is paradise, what kind of crazy study is this!

Here was the list of cities (top 10 wost to raise a kid in)

The 10 Worst Places to Raise a Family (from best to worst)10 Springfield, Missouri9 Dayton, Ohio8 Corpus Christi, Texas7 Flint, Michigan — Country’s highest violent-crime rate6 Columbia, South Carolina5 Waco, Texas4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania3 Fayetteville, North Carolina2 Beaumont, Texas — Long-standing air-quality challenges 1 Clarksville, Tennessee — Low educational spending: $6,729 per student

Go Clarksville! make some news!

here is the link for this study –