By Christina Sturgis
Livability.com has issued a list of the best 10 communities in the nation for raising children, begging the question: how does Streetsboro measure up? The list begins with top-rated Boise, Idaho, followed by second-place Downers Grove, Ill.; Overland Park, Kansas; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Plano, Texas; Carmel, Ind.; Brentwood, Tenn.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Royal Oak, Mich.; and finally, in tenth place, Newton, Mass.
They came up with that list by analyzing crime rates, school rankings, childhood nutrition, environmental quality and cost of living that includes housing costs. How does Streetsboro compare?
The crime rate is average and similar in Streetsboro and Boise, according to FBI statistics compiled by Sperling’s Best Places. Streetsboro is rated four for both violent and property crimes, the same as the national average. Top-ranked Boise has the same rate of violent crime and a five for property crime. Economically-troubled Detroit, for example, scored a 10 on violent crime and an eight on property crime.
Streetsboro schools received lackluster ratings from GreatSchools. On a scale from one to 10 with 10 being the highest, Streetsboro High School scored a four, along with Henry Deter Intermediate School. Streetsboro Middle School scored a nine and Campus Intermediate Elementary School scored a seven. Boise’s ratings are more difficult to summarize. Longfellow Elementary School scored a perfect 10, but Garfield Elementary School scored a two.
Streetsboro is very similar to Boise on the cost of living. On a scale where the national average cost of living is 100, Streetsboro scored 93 and Boise scored 96.
Childhood nutrition is a complex topic to summarize and compare, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have issued statewide reports on efforts to have people eat more fruits and vegetables. Idaho looks a tad healthier than Ohio because 67.1 percent of Census tracts have a “healthier food retailer” compared to 63.7 percent in Ohio. Idaho is also doing better at getting fruits and non-fried vegetables served at school celebrations – 34 percent to Ohio’s 27.6 percent.
Streetsboro’s most disadvantageous score was on environmental quality because of its proximity to Cleveland. According to the Lung Association’s annual report card on air quality, Boise scored a B on ozone, a D on particle pollution and passing grade on annual particle pollution. Cleveland scored an F on Ozone, a D on particle pollution and failed on annual particle pollution.