Fargo ranked 7th best city in U.S. to raise a family out of 180

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FARGO -- Led by its low jobless rate and housing affordability, Fargo was rated the seventh best city in the United States to raise a family, according to a financial website.

WalletHub.com said this week as children returned to school that they used 46 areas of study among 180 cities to determine the most family-friendly places.

Besides having the nation’s lowest unemployment rate for cities and 14th best for housing affordability, Fargo also ranked 27th for the lowest divorce rate, 34th for families living in poverty, 37th for median family salary adjusted for cost of living and 38th for percent of two-parent families.

Two other cities in the region — Bismarck at No. 5 and Sioux Falls, S.D., at No. 8 — were in the top 10 on the list.

The website said the average American can expect to move an estimated 11.4 times in his or her lifetime, so choosing an area that’s both economically prosperous and a pleasant place to live are important.

The top 10 cities were Overland Park, Kan., Irvine, Calif., Fremont, Calif., South Burlington, Vermont, Bismarck, Plano, Texas, Fargo, Sioux Falls, S.D., Huntington Beach, Calif., and Gilbert, Ariz.

The three worst were Miami, Detroit and Newark, N.J.