In "10 Best Places to Grow Up" list, Denver kicks the crap out of Plano, Texas

Another day, another list ranking American cities -- the latest being a U.S. News & World Report survey pinpointing the ten top communities for raising children.

Yes, Denver made the top ten. Its blurb reads: "Whether they prefer snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, biking through America's largest city park system, or heading over to Invesco Field at Mile High for a Broncos football game, Denver is a wonderful place to be a kid. Also among the country's safest big cities, Denver has 300 days of annual sunshine, eight different professional sports franchises, and countless opportunities for fishing, white-water rafting, and horseback riding."

While the various selections aren't numbered, they're not sorted alphabetically, either, implying that the ones higher in order are better than those beneath them. By that measure, Denver places sixth, behind such places as Virginia Beach, Virginia, Overland, Kansas and Boston. But the Mile High City does manage to best Rochester, Minnesota, Des Moines, Iowa, Plano, Texas and Edison, New Jersey. Suck it, losers! Our kids are happier than your kids any day of the week!

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