Marin Rated #1 County in California for Raising a Family

Posted by Marin Modern on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 8:24pm.

Marin County has once again been nationally recognized as one of the best counties in America (and #1 in California!) for raising a family.     This achievement was recently noted in a study which appeared in this weeks Forbes Magazine entitled America's Best Places To Raise A Family.

Forbes: Marin Best Place to Raise a Family  

In this recent study, researchers set out to find the most family-friendly communities and top counties in the country for raising a family.    Counties were ranked across a variety of criteria including: per-capital income, cost-of-living, crime rate, air quality, commute times, graduation rate, standardized testing scores, home prices, property tax rate as a percentage of median home prices, and percentage of homes occupied by owners.

The results of the survey ranked Marin as the #1 County in all of California for raising a family (and #15 in the entire country).     Additionally, the article referenced that Marin would have been ranked  tops in the United States if housing in Marin County was more affordable:

"If money were no object, Marin would be tops on our list. It offers the best education in the country, with a 97% graduation rate and a list-topping average SAT score of 1,133. Marin is filled with picturesque bay-side communities like Tiburon and Sausalito, and outdoor attractions include Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods Redwood Forest and Mount Tamalpais. Good luck finding a place to live: The median home price is a staggering $901,900, the most expensive on our list."

While we acknowledge that home prices in Marin are high compared to the rest of the nation, they are typically on par with many other Bay Area communities.  In fact, Bay Area homebuyers we work with are often pleasantly surprised to discover that a single-family home in Marin County can often be purchased for about the same price as a 1 or 2 bedroom loft in San Francisco!  

We are proud that Marin County has once again received national accolades as one of the most desirable (and family-friendly) areas in the country to raise a family.      Please contact us if we can assist you with your Marin real estate needs.

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