HURRICANE RECEIVES HONOR Hurricane Named By Website As Best Place To Raise Kids In West Virginia
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 19, 2012 12:15 PM EST
Eyewitness News Photo
, Putnam County
, West Virginia
If you live in the Kanawha Valley, you don’t have to drive far to find the best place to raise kids in West Virginia, at least according to a new ranking.
Bloomberg Businessweek has given that distinction to the Putnam County town of Hurricane in a story on its website called Best Places to Raise Kids 2013.
For West Virginia, Hurricane, population 6,288, was listed. In describing the Putnam County town, the website said, “Don’t worry, Hurricane’s name doesn't come from frequent storms but from 1770s surveyors who noted a distinctive bend in the trees that seemed to have been struck by a hurricane. The climate on Main Street, full of small shops and a gazebo, is usually quite peaceful. The town operates a water park for kids and has won prizes from the Environmental Protection Agency for the quality of its drinking water.”
The website gave it a score of 8 for great schools, listed the median family income as $66,989, housing costs as a percentage of income at 15.6 percent and indicated the county unemployment rate is 5.1 percent.
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