In a new analysis from Zillow, the real estate listing site determined the best places to be a kid. Texas topped the list with 4 cities in the nation's top 10: Corpus Christi at number one, along with Fort Worth, San Antonio and Dallas. Zillow looked at kid-centric factors such as cities where neighborhood friends are easy to come by, parks and theme parks are nearby, and yards are large.

Fourteen percent of Corpus Christi's residents are under 10 years old, the median yard size is almost 6,000 square feet, and there are seven parks for every 10,000 people.

"Must-haves for families with kids are a lot different than those without," said Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wacksman. "In addition to a convenient commute, families with kids also want an awesome backyard. Forget the gourmet kitchen – kids want a decked-out finished basement, dedicated playroom or custom tree house. Proximity to happening nightlife isn't nearly as important as growing up close to lots of other kids to play around with. On this list of kid-friendly communities, currently 'hot,' amenity-rich, dense cities like San Francisco and Seattle take a back seat to communities in wide-open places like Texas and the Midwest that offer plenty of room for children to grow."

Here are Zillow's top 10 cities for kids:

Ranking

City

Percent of Residents Under 10 Years Old

Percent of Listings with Kid Friendly Terms[ii]

Number of Parks per 10k People

Number of Theme Parks per 10k People

Median Yard Size in Sq Ft.

1

Corpus Christi, TX

14.0%

6.7%

7

0.07

5,913

2

Madison, WI

10.6%

4.3%

12

0.17

7,730

3

Fort Worth, TX

16.1%

13.8%

4

0.02

5,742

4

San Antonio, TX

14.6%

14.3%

2

0.04

6,211

5

Greensboro, NC

13.2%

7.7%

8

0.01

10,501

6

Charlotte, NC

14.3%

8.0%

4

0.03

10,549

7

Tulsa, OK

14.1%

9.9%

3

0.03

7,226

8

Wichita, KS

15.4%

8.7%

4

0.02

7,388

9

Anchorage, AK

14.0%

3.8%

8

0.03

7,297

10

Dallas, TX

15.7%

7.6%

3

0.02

7,133

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