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Suwanee makes magazine's best towns list

File Photo Suwanee Town Center Park in Suwanee features restaurants, shops, homes and an interactive fountain.

File Photo Suwanee Town Center Park in Suwanee features restaurants, shops, homes and an interactive fountain.

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SUWANEE -- City residents say Suwanee is a great place to live. Another national magazine agrees.

Family Circle magazine listed the northern Gwinnett city in its 10 Best Towns For Families in the upcoming August issue.

"We're thrilled and proud," Mayor Jimmy Burnette said of the honor, the fourth national ranking for the city in the past six years. "Through our bi-annual National Citizens Survey, we know that 99 percent of our residents find Suwanee to be an excellent or good place to live. For Family Circle to confirm and share Suwanee's high quality of life on a national scale is really rewarding."

The magazine chose Suwanee using demographic information and family friendly criteria, including affordability of homes, quality of schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability. In the print edition, which hits newstands July 2, the magazine features the Chun family, who moved to Suwanee from Maryland in 2001.

Choosing from 3,335 towns between 10,000 and 150,000 in population, Suwanee was the smallest city featured on the list. It received a perfect 10 on the "great schools" ranking.

You're living, not simply existing," C.J. Chun, a long-term care planner and father of three, said in the feature. "I can't imagine a more welcoming place."

Other communities to make the 10 Best Towns for Families list include : Allen, Texas; Boulder City, Nev.; Madison, Ala.; Marion, Iowa; Morton, Ill.; Rio Rancho, N.M.; Troy, Mich.; Upper Arlington, Ohio; and West Hartford, Conn.

In 2007, Suwanee was ranked No. 10 on Money magazine's list of Best Places to Live. It made the list again in 2009. Last year, Kiplinger.com ranked the Georgia city No. 3 on its list of best places to raise children.