ZACHARY,LA(NBC33) — Jennifer Bozeman has lived in Zachary her entire life. She feels it's the best place to raise her three small kids. It's a city that's continuing to grow, but still manages to hold on to its small town roots.
"Knowing that you have friends that look out for you and everybody knows it is still a small town. And even though it's growing by leaps and bounds you still get to know those families very closely 'cause of the neighborhood and the different functions that go on," says Zachary resident Jennifer Bozeman.
So, it's no surprise to her that Zachary was ranked as one of the ten most family-friendly cities in the United States by Family Circle Magazine. It's more than just that hometown atmosphere though that makes the city appealing. It's also it's highly ranked schools.
"I'm actually from Shreveport and one of the reasons my parents picked to move to Zachary was because of the school district. Zachary was up here, EBR was down here. So, that was one of the main reasons we moved here," says Briana Cotton.
Zachary has been ranked the best school district in Louisiana for the past seven years. And unlike the violence that has ravaged the Capitol City to the tune of more than 50 murders already this year, Bozeman doesn't feel at all afraid to leave her home when the sun goes down.
"There's always somebody looking out for you. There's never, um, you don't worry about going to a park late in the evening or something like that because you know there are other families there and there are other people looking out for everybody," says Bozeman.