[RECOGNITION] Windsor among top Canadian cities to raise a family, says Reader’s Digest

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Windsor Star/Dalson Chen

Still think of Windsor as Sin City? Maybe it’s time for a more family-oriented nickname, according to Reader’s Digest.

In case you missed it, the Canadian edition of the venerable monthly magazine ranked Windsor in fifth place on a list of the 42 best cities in the country to raise a family.

Originally published in August 2012, the online feature cites Windsor’s “low cost of food” and “solid number of mom social groups” as reasons for the high ranking.

The article also notes that Windsor’s infant mortality rate is among the lowest in Canada.

Only provincial capitals and cities with populations higher than 80,000 were considered by the article’s author.

Windsor’s top 5 ranking placed it higher than Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal on the list.

Other factors in the author’s criteria were park space, number of libraries, incidents of crime involving children and youth, domestic violence rates, the availability of daycare and maternity leave, transportation and median age.

“For day-to-day parenting, it’s the little things that count,” wrote Selena Ross.