U.S. News: Denver One Of 'Top Ten Places To Grow Up'

09/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

What does Denver have in common with Overland Park, Kansas and Madison, Alabama?

All three cities were named by U.S. News as top ten cities for kids to grow up. The rankings, compiled by U.S. News's Luke Mullins, were based on " [a] combination of safe neighborhoods, fun activities, and top-notch educators."

U.S. News cites Denver's weather, low crime rate, sports franchises and opportunities for outdoor recreation as reasons for its high ranking.