Rating the Suburbs 2011: If you prefer the national spotlight

Lakewood

Have a little one on the way? Consider Lakewood. Last year, Bloomberg BusinessWeek named it one of the 52 best places to raise children. The combo of walkable streets, safety and new schools earned it the ranking. "You don't have to go very far to where your activities are if you're a kid," says Mayor Mike Summers.

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