Fairmount in top 50

Fairmount has been ranked 27th on a list of the "Best Places to Raise Kids -- For Less." The 2007 list was compiled by Businessweek magazine, and includes the top 50 family-oriented neighborhoods in the country.

Five other New York State communities join Fairmount on the list: St. Johnsville (46); Clarence Center (34); Friendship (31); Sherman (24); and Middleport (11).

The rankings, compiled by OnBoard - a real estate researcher, were based on five criteria: test scores, cost of living, recreational and cultural activities, the number of schools in the community, and crime risk.

For the test score rankings, OnBoard and Businessweek took into account the number of public and private schools in the vicinity and how the reading and math test scores at those schools compared to the state average. Cost of living was measured by the average household expenditures compared with the national average in mortgages, rent, insurance, repairs, maintenance, apparel, education, entertainment, food and beverages, health, furniture, and transportation. OnBoard identified places with the lowest crime rates by comparing the risk of rape, murder, assault, robbery, burglary, larceny, and vehicle theft with the national average risk.

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