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Midlothian #6 on CNBC's ten perfect suburbs

MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - A new list, ranking the ten perfect suburbs in America is out and the village of Midlothian landed at number six!

CNBC came out with the list. Researchers looked for suburbs with good schools, low crime and unemployment rates, affordable housing, and even how educated your neighbors may be.

CNBC calls Midlothian safer than almost half of all U.S. communities.

According to CNBC, most of the workers in Midlothian are in office and administrative support, sales and management. But what's most eye-catching, especially for parents, is that CNBC says Midlothian has better schools than 63% of all U.S. communities, and it's public schools are better than 81% of schools in the rest of the state.

"I'm very proud to represent the Midlothian district, we have award winning high schools, awarding winning middle schools and award winning elementary schools," said Patricia Carpenter, Chesterfield County Schools Board Member.

Carpenter says, 91% of students who graduate from Midlothian High School move on to higher education.

Midlothian business owner, volunteer, and mom - Amy Satterfield agrees with CNBC.

"Both of my children told me, when they got to college they were so well prepared to do that because of the gift Manchester High School gave them," said Satterfield.

"Our parents are very active in our school system and I think that the value that adds to everything is priceless," said Carpenter.

As the owner of Posh, Satterfield is also a member of the voluntary coalition that works hard to preserve the village atmosphere in Midlothian.

She works closely with county officials and new developers.

"When a building goes up it has to look like it has been here awhile, architecture has to be a certain way, you have to put street lights and a sidewalk and a sign up front, and all of that year after year shapes a town," said Satterfield.

"I don't think there's any way you can ever overestimate the value that involvement of citizens adds to the quality of life in a community," said Jay Stegmaier, Chesterfield County Administrator.

To see the entire list, click on this link: http://www.cnbc.com/id/44347217?slide=6

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