Let's Just Be (Family) Friends

Knoxville may aspire to be the Dog-Friendliest City in America, but we've already landed as No. 8 on the list of America's Best Places to Raise a Family—if you take the word of Forbes.com. Using data from the census, the FBI, Sperling's Best Places, and Moody's Economy.com, Forbes gauged cost of living, prevalence of home ownership, median household income, housing costs, commute time, crime, and the percentage of young adults that graduate high school for the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas. Here are the numbers that paint such a cumulatively rosy picture of Knoxville:

Cost-of-living rank: 33

Crime rate rank: 55

Commuting rank: 7

Household income rank: 89

Home ownership rank: 21

Homeowner costs rank: 3

Education rank: 10

Overall rank, "America's Best Places to Raise a Family": 8