April 21, 2014

Williston ‘Best Place to Raise Kids in Vermont’

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By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

Williston has been named the “best place to raise kids in Vermont” by Bloomberg Businessweek, a New York City-based weekly print magazine and website published by Bloomberg L.P.

The article, posted online on Dec. 18 by Businessweek.com contributor Daniel D’Addario, picks the most child-friendly municipality in each of the 50 states. The Williston blurb mentions the Brick Church Music Series, the Allen Brook Nature Trail and the town’s proximity to Burlington and the University of Vermont.

According to a companion piece written by D’Addario, more than 3,200 municipalities were evaluated nationwide with populations between 5,000 and 50,000—excluding places where the median family income exceeds $115,866. Using data from GreatSchools.org, the FBI, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rankings included considerations of housing costs, share of households with children, unemployment figures and diversity. “Public school performance and safety were weighed most heavily,” the article notes.

Williston Town Manager Rick McGuire, who reposted a link to the Businessweek.com article on the town website, suggested that the entire town has earned the honor.

“It’s good news, and I think it’s a reflection of the hard work everyone has put into the community over the years, including the volunteers,” McGuire said.

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