July 23, 2014

Gardner, SH top lists of best cities, schools

Gardner and Spring Hill are two of the best places in Kansas to raise a family, according to a survey by Nerdwallet.com.
The survey evaluated whether cities had good public schools, whether young families could afford to live there, and whether the cities were growing and prospering.
According to a press release, higher school rankings, lower costs, and higher income and greater growth led to higher overall scores.
The survey considered figures from the U.S. Census, including the median home value, the monthly homeowner costs, and median household income. It also considered school district rankings.
Spring Hill placed number three on the survey and Gardner ranked fourth. Andover, a city in Wichita, topped the list.
A Nerd Wallet press release specifically mentioned Spring Hill and Gardner’s school districts. The release said Prairie Creek Elementary, a USD 230 school, received its second Governor’s Achievement Award last year. Schools must place in the top 5 percent on statewide assessments of mathematics and reading to earn the honor. The release said 14 of Gardner’s schools have won the Governor’s Achievement Award since 2006.
Other area cities making the top ten included De Soto at number six, Eudora at number seven, Overland Park at number 8 and Leawood at number nine.
The survey included 61 Kansas cities. Only those places with a population greater than 5,000 people were included.

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