The real estate website Livability.com ranked the City of Rockville as the best city in America for families in a new study released this month.
The website credited Montgomery County Public Schools as the “major reason” the city came in first on the list—noting that the school system is often considered one the best in the country in rankings compiled by The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.
The study used publicly available data such as a city’s crime rate, high school graduation rate, walkability, average commute time, number of libraries and parks, and percentage of school-age children and families living in poverty to determine the ranking.
It favored cities with high-quality schools, a low crime rate and a vibrant economy. Places with short commute times and large populations of children ranked higher as well.
According to the ranking, about 16 percent of Rockville’s population is comprised of school-age children, 87.7 percent of high school students graduate, and the city received a walk score of 53 out of 100—meaning it’s somewhat walkable with good public transportation, according to walkscore.com.
Rockville outranked Holland, Michigan, Newton, Massachusetts, and Chandler, Arizona, to take the top spot. This is the second year in a row Rockville has made Livability’s list of the best places for families—last year the city came in ninth.