Family Circle Names Lake Oswego as Part of the Magazine's Annual 10 Best Towns for Families List

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2012

Contact:  Bonnie Hirshberger, Citizen Information Specialist

Data-Driven Survey Reveals the Best Communities Across the Country

Lake Oswego is one of Family Circle’s 10 Best Towns for Families. The communities featured in the magazine’s annual roundup of perfect places to call home combine affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public school systems and giving spirits. The results of the comprehensive survey appear in Family Circle’s August 2012 issue, on newsstands now.

This year’s 10 Best Towns for Families are:
• Bay Village, Ohio
• Lake Oswego, Oregon
• Vail, Arizona
• Fishers, Indiana
• Ballwin, Missouri
• Louisville, Colorado
• Longmeadow, Massachusetts
• Fort Mill, South Carolina
• Zachary, Louisiana
• Oak Park, Illinois

“Lake Oswego is pleased to be nationally recognized for several of its outstanding qualities - schools, beautiful parks and open space, and charming neighborhoods,” said David Donaldson, City Manager.  “It's an honor to be one of the Best Towns for Families and be among this special group of communities.”

The August issue of Family Circle is on newsstands now. The 10 Best Towns for Families can also be found on Family Circle’s website:  For more information, please contact: Blair Decembrele, Family Circle magazine, at 212-551-6955,

Family Circle Survey Methodology
With the help of Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data, Family Circle initially assembled a list of 3,335 cities and towns with populations between 11,000 and 150,000. From that list, some 1,300 localities having a high concentration of households with median incomes between $55,000 and $96,000 were selected. They then assessed which places best met their family-friendly criteria - including affordable homes, quality schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability - and ranked them from top to bottom. Family Circle selected the 10 winners from among the highest-rated towns.