Clovis tops list of best places to raise a family

Posted by BoNhia Lee on January 30, 2014 

File photo of the locally famous Clovis sign at Clovis Ave. and 4th in downtown Clovis.

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Affordable homes, good schools and a great quality of life are what makes Clovis the “Best City for Young Families,” according to NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website.

Clovis tops the San Francisco company’s list of the 20 best places to raise a family based on academic performance, median home values and monthly costs, average household income and growth.

Other cities that follow include Folsom, Yuba City, Murrieta and Irvine.

NerdWallet cites Clovis’ parks and trails and family-friendly activities such as Big Hat Days for contributing to the quality of life.

The graduation rate for Clovis high schools is high at 92.6% compared to the statewide rate of 78.5% for the 2011-2012 school year,the company said.

And Clovis’ median home value is among the lowest statewide making it “a very affordable place for young families to settle down,” said researcher Jaime Ortiz.

The median home value in Clovis was $284,500, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 data which the company used in its study.

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