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Best Place to Raise a Family in Every State

Everyone wants the best for their kids. Parents work hard to provide that in so many different ways, but one way is by raising them in the most family-friendly environment possible. Below, we show you the best place to raise a family in every state. If you live here, your family is truly lucky.

How do we know?

Niche’s 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family┬áranking analyzes mounds of data to zero in on key factors that are meaningful for families. We take into account the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in order to measure a place’s level of family friendliness.

And if you’re curious to know what places are great for families near you, we’ve got that list, too.

State Place Population Median Home Value Housing Cost of Living Public Schools Commute
State Alabama
Place Madison
Population 47,079
Median Home Value $239,400
Housing A+
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A+
Commute B
State Alaska
Place Bear Valley
Population 1,034
Median Home Value $543,400
Housing A-
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A
Commute B
State Arizona
Population 2,778
Median Home Value $264,112
Housing A
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute A+
State Arkansas
Place Bentonville
Population 44,601
Median Home Value $203,800
Housing A+
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A+
Commute A-
State California
Population 4,590
Median Home Value $1,694,319
Housing B-
Cost of Living C-
Public Schools A+
Commute A+
State Colorado
Place Holly Hills
Population 2,797
Median Home Value $370,400
Housing A
Cost of Living C
Public Schools A
Commute A-
State Connecticut
Population 6,860
Median Home Value $1,386,700
Housing C+
Cost of Living C-
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State Delaware
Place Pike Creek
Population 8,740
Median Home Value $321,100
Housing A-
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools B
Commute B-
State District of Columbia
Population 4,856
Median Home Value $1,161,926
Housing B+
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A-
Commute A-
State Florida
Population 5,349
Median Home Value $476,445
Housing A-
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A-
Commute B
State Georgia
Place Johns Creek
Population 83,397
Median Home Value $366,200
Housing A-
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A+
Commute C+
State Hawaii
Population 20,393
Median Home Value $641,900
Housing C
Cost of Living D+
Public Schools A-
Commute B-
State Idaho
Place Highlands
Population 4,788
Median Home Value $461,559
Housing A+
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A
Commute A
State Illinois
Place Long Grove
Population 7,980
Median Home Value $654,200
Housing A-
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute C+
State Indiana
Place Carmel
Population 88,595
Median Home Value $320,400
Housing A+
Cost of Living B
Public Schools A+
Commute B
State Iowa
Population 1,242
Median Home Value $275,300
Housing A-
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute A+
State Kansas
Place Sylvan Grove
Population 2,071
Median Home Value $225,450
Housing A+
Cost of Living A-
Public Schools A
Commute B-
State Kentucky
Place Anchorage
Population 2,211
Median Home Value $663,600
Housing A-
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute B-
State Louisiana
Place Prairieville
Population 30,536
Median Home Value $222,000
Housing A
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A+
Commute C
State Maine
Population 2,492
Median Home Value $304,500
Housing A-
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A
Commute B-
State Maryland
Population 24,236
Median Home Value $656,900
Housing B+
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A+
Commute B-
State Massachusetts
Place Newtonville
Population 8,006
Median Home Value $822,238
Housing B-
Cost of Living C-
Public Schools A+
Commute A-
State Michigan
Place Okemos
Population 22,989
Median Home Value $213,600
Housing A
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A+
Commute A-
State Minnesota
Place Deephaven
Population 3,818
Median Home Value $550,400
Housing A-
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A+
Commute A
State Mississippi
Place Madison
Population 25,350
Median Home Value $250,200
Housing A
Cost of Living B
Public Schools A
Commute B-
State Missouri
Place Wildwood
Population 35,524
Median Home Value $367,000
Housing A
Cost of Living B
Public Schools A+
Commute C+
State Montana
Place Four Corners
Population 4,051
Median Home Value $332,800
Housing A-
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State Nebraska
Place Papillion
Population 19,478
Median Home Value $172,700
Housing A-
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A
Commute B
State Nevada
Place Mogul
Population 1,884
Median Home Value $356,100
Housing A-
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A
Commute B-
State New Hampshire
Place Hanover
Population 11,428
Median Home Value $539,900
Housing B+
Cost of Living C-
Public Schools A+
Commute A+
State New Jersey
Population 2,427
Median Home Value $517,600
Housing A
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State New Mexico
Place White Rock
Population 5,878
Median Home Value $283,100
Housing A+
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute A
State New York
Place Jericho
Population 14,014
Median Home Value $732,100
Housing B
Cost of Living C-
Public Schools A+
Commute B
State North Carolina
Place Morrisville
Population 23,873
Median Home Value $304,500
Housing A
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute B
State North Dakota
Place Rose Creek
Population 2,195
Median Home Value $288,500
Housing A+
Cost of Living A-
Public Schools A
Commute B
State Ohio
Place Glenwillow
Population 1,047
Median Home Value $211,800
Housing B+
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A+
Commute B-
State Oklahoma
Place Edmond
Population 89,769
Median Home Value $216,500
Housing A
Cost of Living B
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State Oregon
Place Bethany
Population 23,177
Median Home Value $479,700
Housing A-
Cost of Living C-
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State Pennsylvania
Place Chesterbrook
Population 4,675
Median Home Value $318,400
Housing A
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State Rhode Island
Place Barrington
Population 16,218
Median Home Value $402,300
Housing B+
Cost of Living C
Public Schools A+
Commute B
State South Carolina
Place Tega Cay
Population 9,464
Median Home Value $306,600
Housing A
Cost of Living B
Public Schools A+
Commute C+
State South Dakota
Place Brandon
Population 9,731
Median Home Value $198,300
Housing A
Cost of Living A-
Public Schools A+
Commute B
State Tennessee
Place Brentwood
Population 41,524
Median Home Value $582,800
Housing A-
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A+
Commute B-
State Texas
Place Greatwood
Population 12,437
Median Home Value $322,000
Housing A
Cost of Living B
Public Schools A+
Commute C
State Utah
Place North Logan
Population 10,140
Median Home Value $249,300
Housing A-
Cost of Living C+
Public Schools A
Commute A
State Vermont
Place Norwich
Population 3,341
Median Home Value $454,500
Housing B+
Cost of Living C
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State Virginia
Population 2,712
Median Home Value $859,092
Housing A+
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute A-
State Washington
Population 3,606
Median Home Value $828,439
Housing A+
Cost of Living B-
Public Schools A+
Commute B+
State West Virginia
Place Cheat Lake
Population 9,540
Median Home Value $273,800
Housing A
Cost of Living B+
Public Schools A
Commute B-
State Wisconsin
Place Elm Grove
Population 6,127
Median Home Value $360,800
Housing A
Cost of Living B
Public Schools A+
Commute B-
State Wyoming
Place South Park
Population 1,579
Median Home Value $882,100
Housing B-
Cost of Living C
Public Schools B+
Commute A+
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Author: Ali Trachta

Ali is the Content Writer/Editor at Niche. She's a content strategist and award-winning writer, as well as a former editor at LA Weekly and NEXTpittsburgh. As a mom of one who's lived and worked all across the country, she's glad to have once again found her niche in her hometown of Pittsburgh.