Story last updated at 8/21/2013 - 3:31 pm
PETERSBURG - Petersburg was named the Best Town for Young Families (http://bit.ly/1cC7O3K) in Alaska by NerdWallet.
The analyst conducting the study, Mike Anderson, describes the waterfront community of Petersburg as
similar to "a northern European country in both climate and culture. The schools are also excellent. The Petersburg City School District earned a 9 out of 10 from Great Schools and its high school maintains
a graduation rate above 90 percent."
"Having been raised in Petersburg myself and now raising my kids here, I already knew it was the best town for my family," said Casey Flint, president of the Petersburg Economic Development Council.
Flint hopes the designation will encourage other young families to consider Petersburg. "Deciding whether to move your family can be a difficult decision, this type of information makes it easier for people to choose our community."
Stephen Giesbrecht, Petersburg Borough manager, said, "This really recognizes every aspect of our community from local government, our schools to the many organizations that all work to make this a great place."
Giesbrecht, who moved to Petersburg two years ago from Texas added, "When we considered moving here, my wife and I took a good hard look at the schools, we continue to be impressed with the quality of education our kids are receiving."
NerdWallet sought to better inform young families and parents-to-be by analyzing towns across Alaska according to five criteria: public school rating from Great Schools, average home value, cost of homeownership, average income, and economic growth.