The book "Best Places to Raise an LDS Family" evaluates 361 U.S. Census Bureau-defined Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on LDS values and lifestyles. Nearly 100 sets of data are compared across seven categories: LDS Culture, education, crime, economic environment, health, household characteristics, and housing. The data are then weighted, and final rankings of all 361 communities are the result.
Based on this information, here is a list of the top 10 cities for Latter-day Saint families looking to live within 100 miles of the West Coast. Scores represent the national index rating (100 being the best), and the overall rank shows where that city falls on the national list.
1. Corvallis, Ore. Score: 79.09 Overall Rank: 7