For its child-friendliness, low crime, high education and affordable housing, the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, ranked 7th on the national “2016 Best Cities for Young Families” list and scored an A+ rating as one of the nation’s top communities for raising a family.
The online site ApartmentList.com compiled and published the report using F.B.I. statistics to determine safety, the U.S. Department of Education’s high school graduation rate data for school quality, and U.S. Census data for the percentage of the population under the age of 18, as communities with a greater percentage of children tend to be more child-friendly. Census data also was used to calculate the percentage of median renter income required to rent a two-bedroom apartment.
In all, ApartmentList.com compared 500 cities from coast to coast. With more than 84,000 residents, O’Fallon is the only Missouri community named in the top 50. Read the article here.
“We can be extremely proud of our City’s consistently high marks for safety and our overall quality of life which have kept O’Fallon in the national news,” said O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. “Our national rating as one of the ‘Top 10 Cities for Families 2016’ testifies to our focus in providing many free family-friendly events throughout the year, our great public and private schools and our incredible recreational programs and facilities for families with children. We also can thank the men and women of the O’Fallon Police Department who dedicate themselves to keeping our City safe. This rating is just further evidence of what our residents already know, that O’Fallon is a great place to live, work and play.”