Royal Oak One of Top Small Cities for Education: Movoto Blog

Royal Oak has been named to two national Top 10 lists in as many days.

The Movoto Real Estate Blog ranked Royal Oak fifth among 140 small cities for education. (Patch file photo)
The Movoto Real Estate Blog ranked Royal Oak fifth among 140 small cities for education. (Patch file photo)

Royal Oak tied for fifth place with Auburn, AL, in the Movoto Real Estate Blog’s Top 10 list of the best U.S. small cities for education.

The company looked at 140 small cities with populations between 50,000-60,000 to develop the list.Also on the list is Novi, which came in at No. 2.

Inclusion on the list comes a day after Royal Oak was named the sixth-best city over 50,000 population for single moms, a ranking based in part on a rating of 8 by  GreatSchools, a national nonprofit that connects parents with educational resources that based its rating on test scores.

Other criteria were:

  • Student-teacher ratio

  • Money spent per year per student

  • High school graduation rate

Here’s the Top 10

1. Chapel Hill, NC

2. Novi, MI

3. Oak Park, IL

4. Cedar Park, TX

5. Auburn, AL (tie)

5. Royal Oak, MI (tie)

7. Hoffman Estates, IL

8. Manhattan, KS

9. West Des Moines, IA

10. Lakeville, MN

RON Ostrodamus June 26, 2014 at 07:59 PM
I am not surprised with the long list of over 3.8 grade points who graduated this year form ROHS. That should be the headline in our local paper. Whether they will ever return once they leave for the colleges of their choice is unfortunately left up to lackluster local incumbents who are in charge of the future of a downtown windfall largely squandered in beer centered distractions, studies and consultants all doing nothing to put a dent in the bar growth, or establish a library and central downtown park that would ensure their return.


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