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Children who grow up in the San Jose area are better off than those raised in almost any other metropolitan region in the country, according to a new report measuring which U.S. neighborhoods give children the best chance of achieving economic success and good health.

Nationally, the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area ranked second, just behind Madison, Wisconsin. The San Francisco-Hayward-Oakland area ranked ninth in the Child Opportunity Index, prepared by Brandeis University, a private research school in Massachusetts.

California also has areas, like Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton and Riverside, with some of the lowest scores nationwide, the researchers said.