PORTLAND — Parenting Magazine has named Portland the third best city in the country for raising a family.

The magazine ranked 100 American cities based on quality of education, affordability of homes, crime rates, jobs and parks.

Portland also earned third place in the magazine’s rankings of best cities for education.

Parenting described Portland as a great place for “a laidback lifestyle that encourages healthy, active family living.”

It noted the community’s support of small businesses and local produce, and the city’s relative proximity to Acadia National Park as other assets.

Boston took the top spot as the best city for families, followed by Burlington, Vt. Austin, Texas, and Cheyenne, Wyo., rounded out the top five.

“Portland is earning a well-deserved national reputation as the place in America to live, start a business and raise a family,” said Mayor Michael Brennan, in a press release from the city.

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