Poway, Manhattan Beach and South Pasadena are among the top ten cities to raise a family in SoCal, according to the financial site CreditDonkey.
The study only considered cities with a population of 25,000 or higher; it based the list on education levels, commute time, household type, residency and housing costs.
The study focused heavily on education, with rankings reflecting the cities with the highest percentage of adults who earned a high school diploma or better. Overall, the more educated residents are, the higher their quality of life, according to CreditDonkey.
In addition to education, the study placed an emphasis on commute time. In the study, only cities with the best average commute time were chosen.
Below is CreditDonkey’s list, based on their study, of the top ten cities to raise a family in Southern California — from least to best.
7. Rancho Palos Verdes
6. Rancho Santa Margarita
4. Lake Forest
3. South Pasadena
2. Manhattan Beach
For more information on the study, such as a break down of the different cities' stats, visit CreditDonkey's post here.