Susan Drucker, lured by an excellent school system and diverse population, moved to Solon, Ohio, a suburb 18 miles from Cleveland, 20 years ago. “There’s diversity and collaboration,” says Drucker, a mother and now the town’s mayor. “On a personal level, that’s why my husband and I moved here.”
Indeed, these perks have drawn many of Solon’s 3,346 families with children. (Frozen-food fanatics might note it also happens to be where Nestlé manufactures Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine.) “As Solon’s growing, it still has a friendly, safe atmosphere,” says local real estate agent Kathleen Bergansky. Advantages such as these boosted the town to the top of Businessweek.com’s seventh annual list of great small towns to raise kids.