Only one midwest city makes 'Best for Newlyweds' list

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By Natalie Wise

With 40 percent of newlyweds stating that they would prefer to start their life together in a different city than their families, where to start that new life together may be on their minds. A new report might help make that decision easier.

The Best Cities for Newlyweds list considered a city’s housing availability, mean annual income and the number of married couples and families with young children.

Houston was chosen as the top city for newlyweds. Median income in the area is nearly $55,000. Average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1,085 and the average price of a home is $199,500. The cost of living index is 6.8 percent below the national average, and housing costs were 12.7 percent below the national average in the third quarter of 2013. When compared with only the 21 most populous metro areas, Houston comes in at over 37 percent below the national average.

Houston also has great healthcare, as the Texas Medical Center in Houston is the largest medical complex in the world. Schools are also excellent, with 57 percent of the Houston School District schools rated as exemplary or recognized. And the weather and outdoor recreation are hard to beat: Only 15 snowfalls are on record in six decades. The average temperature hovers at a balmy 82.5.

Praised for its growing economy, low cost of living and its vibrant neighborhood communities, the fourth largest city in Texas is full of opportunity for newlyweds.

Then only city in the Midwest to make the list was trendy Minneapolis. Up-and-coming cities such as Raleigh, N.C., and Charlotte, N.C., were also listed in the top 10. Warmer locales, such as Dallas and San Diego, are popular options for newlywed couples. Tulsa, Okla., and Washington, D.C., rounded out the top 10 best cities for newlyweds to start their wedded lives.

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