Fort Mill has been named by BusinessWeek as one of the best places in South Carolina to raise kids. The magazine cites Fort Mills proximity to Charlotte as an advantage, but also credits the towns own amenities.
Its students, the beneficiaries of an excellent school system, are also surrounded by natural beauty, including Walter Y. Elisha Park (home to the South Carolina Strawberry Festival), according to BusinessWeek.
The magazine focused on small towns with populations ranging from 5,000 to 50,000. It considered housing costs and commute times as well as diversity and poverty rates, median income and unemployment.
This accolade just confirms what citizens of the town have known all along- that Fort Mill is a great place to live and raise a family," said Mayor Danny Funderburk.
According to the magazine's ranking system, the schools in Fort Mill scored a perfect '10.'
"Fort Mill School district is proud to be able to provide a high quality public education to the citizens of Fort Mill. On behalf of the school board and staff we couldnt be more pleased to have contributed to this honor," said Superintendent Chuck Epps.
This isn't the first time Fort Mill has been noticed by BusinessWeek. In 2011, Fort Mill was named one of the fastest growing cities in South Carolina and one of the most affordable suburbs.
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