Clearfield City was listed 6th in Fortune Magazine’s 25 Best Places to Live for Families ranking. The ranking highlighted the top cities in the U.S. where multigenerational families are most likely to have access to critical resources, community support, and financial well-being.
Clearfield City was selected because of its hometown feel, community activities, cost of living affordability, and nearby access to inexpensive college and healthcare services. Clearfield also boasts a healthy job market, with some of the region’s largest employers: Hill Air Force Base and Lifetime Products.
To select the top 25 Best Places to Live for Families, Fortune evaluated nearly 2,000 cities, towns, suburbs, exurbs, villages, and townships that had between 25,000 and 750,000 residents across all 50 states in the United States. Fortune collected more than 215,000 unique data points across five broad categories to analyze the cities:
The top 25 ranking focused on families, particularly the subset of Americans who are shouldering the responsibilities of raising their own children while caring for aging parents. With their needs in mind, Fortune put extra emphasis on factors that met the unique challenges of this cohort, such as the quality of local school districts, graduation rates, nearby college affordability, the number of quality nursing homes, assisted living communities, home health care agencies, risk of social isolation among older residents, and access to solid health care providers.
To ensure the winning places were cities and towns where residents could afford to buy homes without breaking the bank, Fortune eliminated locales with home sale prices that were more than twice as high as the state median and/or more than 2.75 times higher than the national median.