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Raleigh-Cary Is 5th Best Metro for Middle-Class Families

The Raleigh-Cary metro has been ranked the 5th best metro for middle-class families by a new report by Chapman University's Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy. The study found that the best cities for middle-class families tend to be located outside the largest metropolitan areas. The rankings are based on three equally-weighted categories of metrics:

  • Median family income adjusted for cost of living
  • Economic opportunity, with a focus on middle class jobs
  • Family friendliness, determined by several quality of life metrics for school age children and parents

Read the full report Building Cities for People and view the rankings here.

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