2016 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America

Explore the best cities to raise a family based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other data sources.

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    Plano

    • City in Texas
    • 478 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here my whole life, and can't recall any crimes occurring in my neighborhood, and have only read or heard about a few robberies in the surrounding areas.
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    Naperville

    • City in Illinois
    • 383 reviews
    Niche User:I would definitely choose to live in Naperville, IL again. This suburb is an amazing place to grow up in, no where in Naperville is run down, almost every neighborhood is well kept. Stores, shops, restaurants and movie theaters are all close by. Downtown Naperville is a gorgeous area with everything you could imagine, nail places, boutiques, food places, book stores, antique stores and many more. Their school system is also impeccable, my high school has a Grammy award for education and it is a Blue Ribbon school. All of the high schools around me are fantastic as well. This town is a fantastic family oriented place to live and an amazing place to raise children.
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    Columbia

    • City in Maryland
    • 164 reviews
    Niche User:I love the education system here in the area, as well as the sense of community that everyone has where we all seem to understand each other.
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    Overland Park

    • City in Kansas
    • 238 reviews
    Niche User:The schools in this area are great and have helped me with University so much. I felt very prepared for college and am glad I had the opportunity to attend such a great school. The general atmosphere is very nice. People are friendly, there is lots to do, and tons of restaurant options.
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    Round Rock

    • City in Texas
    • 153 reviews
    Niche User:The neighbors are wonderful and the area is great for kids. Multiple parks for the kids throughout neighborhood and a nice community pools for all ages.
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    Arlington

    • City in Virginia
    • 33 reviews
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    The Woodlands

    • City in Texas
    • 221 reviews
    Niche User:This place is great to settle down and raise a family in. I think that most people who leave do so because of work. Some neighborhoods are very close and have regular block parties, and others are the opposite. It's just the luck of the draw with the sense of "community" in a specific neighborhood.
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    Richardson

    • City in Texas
    • 136 reviews
    Niche User:The atmosphere is perfect. I met many great neighbors that are willing to help each other whenever someone needs help. I feel safe within my house knowing that we are protected by the police department a few blocks away.
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    Rochester

    • City in Minnesota
    • 111 reviews
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    Bellevue

    • City in Washington
    • 12 reviews
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    Sunnyvale

    • City in California
    • 129 reviews
    Niche User:Sunnyvale PD does a great job and responds promptly to any emergencies in the city. They deal with difficult situations in an organized manner and try to avoid catching unwanted audience involved.
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    Alexandria

    • City in Virginia
    • 43 reviews
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    Irvine

    • City in California
    • 70 reviews
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    Cambridge

    • City in Massachusetts
    • 10 reviews
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    Ann Arbor

    • City in Michigan
    • 218 reviews
    Niche User:I live on a college campus in Ann Arbor and the area is great. There are seemingly endless choices of things to do and places to go, and every time you walk around town you notice something new. The campus is great and the area surrounding the campus is just as beautiful and enjoyable.
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    Fort Worth

    • City in Texas
    • 1,320 reviews
    Niche User:This area is very friendly, and pet loving! Almost everyone in this area has a pet cat or dog. The pets are very loving as well and allow themselves to be petted. I enjoy walking around the school because I feel safe and enjoy talking to neighbors that walk by.
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    Irving

    • City in Texas
    • 445 reviews
    Niche User:I have yet to encounter any real issues of crime or safety. There have been a few bar fights, but that was quickly handled by the employees and local police. The police station is right in the center of the area and are always visible. It is more likely to see 1-2 police vehicles throughout your outings than not. They do not harass locals for minial issues, such as not crossing the street at a cross-walk. They are out more during evening hours and during the time school is starting and being let out.
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    Wichita

    • City in Kansas
    • 485 reviews
    Niche User:The overall experience of Wichita is very friendly and welcoming. The general atmosphere is very relaxing and calm. This city is a great, friendly-family city; once I grow older and have a family I would definitely move back and live here.This city compared to everywhere else in the country may be a bit small and after awhile you might not have much to do because you have experienced everything, you might think the city is a bit boring after a couple years.In the future, I believe that Wichita will grow and the city will have more shops and restaurants for more families to attend. This city is great as it is but it will grow into something greater in the future!
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    Lincoln

    • City in Nebraska
    • 452 reviews
    Niche User:There isn't a lot of major crime in Lincoln, in fact there has only been 1 homicide this entire year in our city which is pretty remarkable compared to cities close by like Omaha
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    Austin

    • City in Texas
    • 996 reviews
    Niche User:There are times of interaction that one meets new people and find out they are very friendly, sometimes leading into a friendship afterwards.
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    Sioux Falls

    • City in South Dakota
    • 300 reviews
    Niche User:When my family moved to Sioux Falls, it was very different than anywhere else we had lived. It was clean and nice and had lovely people. Beautiful area to live in, with plenty of nice places around to spend time.
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    Cedar Rapids

    • City in Iowa
    • 228 reviews
    Niche User:It is an area that has things to do that a big city would, yet it has more of a small town feel. There is a wide range of activities available and people to experience in a small mileage radius.
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    Arlington

    • City in Texas
    • 460 reviews
    Niche User:The community has people who have lived here since the neighborhood was built. People tend to live here for many years. It is very community involved, people are always walking their dogs, and there are a few neighborhood cats.
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    Raleigh

    • City in North Carolina
    • 592 reviews
    Niche User:I loved the area, the people are very nice and open. There are plenty of sites and things to do every weekend. Every day is a new adventure.
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    Amarillo

    • City in Texas
    • 270 reviews
    Niche User:It's a nice place for families. Very affordable for college students and new families. Not very much attractions, but the attractions that are present are fun and amusing for children.
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