by Aaron Brom
Rogers has been named by Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Rankings as the “Best Place to Raise Kids in Minnesota.”
Bloomberg chose one city in each state by evaluating more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations from 5,000 to 50,000.
“We looked at such metrics as public school performance, safety, housing costs, commute time, poverty, adults’ educational attainment, share of households with children, and diversity,” Bloomberg Businessweek said. “To gauge the local job market, we also weighed median income and unemployment.”
Rogers City Administrator Steve Stahmer said the article matches what Rogers has seen happen in the city.
“I think the number of active, younger families that have moved to Rogers and the surrounding area somewhat speaks for itself,” he said. “The recognition by Business-week is a nice confirmation that our location, schools, amenities and housing and job markets combine to make Rogers an attractive option for families.”
The data comes from GreatSchools.org, the FBI, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The list excludes places where the median family income exceeds $115,866, the lower limit for the wealthiest 20 percent of U.S. families.
“Public school performance and safety were weighed most heavily, and to gauge the local job market, we looked at median income and county-level unemployment,” Bloomberg Businessweek said. Other factors include housing costs, commute time, poverty, adults’ educational attainment, share of households with children, and diversity.
For Rogers, it noted that the population is 8,122, GreatSchools’ city score is 8, median family income is $99,940, housing costs as a percentage of income is 23.1 percent, and county unemployment rate is 5.3 percent.
“Both Rogers Middle School and Rogers Senior High School earned a 9 rating from GreatSchools, but growing up in the town isn’t solely about academics,” Bloomberg said. “The Rogers Youth Hockey Association and the high school’s Rogers Royals play hockey in the town’s activity center — which features public skating.”