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May 21, 2007
'Best Cities for Relocating Families' Named

Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas is the best large metropolitan area for relocating families, according to a report released by Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation.

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Knoxville, Tennessee is the best place for relocating families among mid-sized metropolitan areas (populations from 575,000 to 1,250,000), according to the ranking. Among small metropolitan areas (populations from 350,000 to 575,000), Provo-Orem in Utah is the best for relocating families.

To rank metropolitan areas for their third annual Best Cities for Relocating Families list, the two organizations looked at a number of factors that determine the likelihood of a successful relocation, including cost of living, crime rates, education, and climate.

For this year's list, the two organizations placed special emphasis on the housing market in different metropolitan areas, which has affected an employer's ability to transfer employees.

"Without a doubt, the state of the housing market is having a huge impact on relocation decisions of both employers and the families who are being transferred," says Michelle Vallejo of Primacy. "The cities on this list represent some of the stronger real estate markets and places that are most conducive to a successful family relocation."

The organizations' top 10 large, mid-sized, and small metro areas for relocating families follow.

Large Metro Areas (Pop. 1,250,000+)

  1. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  2. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, TN
  3. Kansas City
  4. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN
  5. Austin-Round Rock, TX
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  8. Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA
  9. St. Louis
  10. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN

Mid-Sized Metro Areas (Pop. 575,000-1,250,000)

  1. Knoxville, TN
  2. Wichita, KS
  3. Raleigh-Cary, NC
  4. Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Oklahoma City, OK
  6. Richmond. VA
  7. El Paso, TX
  8. Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR
  9. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
  10. Tulsa, OK

Small Metro Areas ( Pop. 350,000 ­ 575,000)

  1. Provo-Orem, UT
  2. Ogden-Clearfield. UT
  3. Durham, NC
  4. Colorado Springs, CO
  5. Corpus Christi, TX
  6. Madison, WI
  7. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
  8. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
  9. Spokane, WA
  10. Rockingham County-Strafford County, NH
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