2016 Cities with the Best Public Schools in America

Explore the cities with the best public schools based on state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and student and parent reviews. This data is represented as a weighted average of the Niche Grades of area schools.

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    Arlington

    • City in Virginia
    • 34 reviews
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    Naperville

    • City in Illinois
    • 389 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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    Plano

    • City in Texas
    • 485 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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    Bellevue

    • City in Washington
    • 16 reviews
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    Cambridge

    • City in Massachusetts
    • 11 reviews
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    Overland Park

    • City in Kansas
    • 245 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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    Columbia

    • City in Maryland
    • 170 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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    Ann Arbor

    • City in Michigan
    • 224 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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    Irvine

    • City in California
    • 76 reviews
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    Sunnyvale

    • City in California
    • 132 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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    Boulder

    • City in Colorado
    • 153 reviews
    Niche User:I absolutely love Boulder and I cant imagine a better place to live. Everyone is fit, outdoorsy, nice and down to earth. The setting is idealistic. The community is tight knit. The town does an incredible job of maintaining all the landscape etc. It has great public schools, and i love how its a college town. It's also within range of both great skiing areas, and Denver.
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    Berkeley

    • City in California
    • 30 reviews
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    Thousand Oaks

    • City in California
    • 211 reviews
    Niche User:I live in an extremely safe neighborhood with great school districts and places for children to learn and grow. The general atmosphere is very suburban and plain. However, I am extremely lucky to have grown up here. I would definitely raise a family here because of the excellent schooling. In future years, I see more young families moving in and having the same experience that I did!
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    Richardson

    • City in Texas
    • 137 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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    Round Rock

    • City in Texas
    • 161 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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    Alexandria

    • City in Virginia
    • 52 reviews
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    The Woodlands

    • City in Texas
    • 224 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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    Burbank

    • City in California
    • 185 reviews
    Niche User:I have always loved living in Burbank for three main reasons: 1) It is the perfect balance between a small town and big city. What i mean by that is there is enough things to do and everyone doesnt know everyone but you'll probably know someone they know. 2) the location is great! Burbank isnt more than an hour away from the best attractions ex) LA , the beach, Disneyland & more 3) the public schools here are great. There's two high schools (Burroughs and Burbank High) & they have a healthy, fun rivalry as well as above average test scores. BUSD is way better than LAUSD.
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    New Orleans

    • City in Louisiana
    • 147 reviews
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    Austin

    • City in Texas
    • 1,019 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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    Lincoln

    • City in Nebraska
    • 462 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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    Carlsbad

    • City in California
    • 195 reviews
    Niche User:It is great environment for families of all ages and backgrounds. Very friendly and accepting community. Expensive but not overpriced, definitely worth every penny. Slow paced but still plenty of fun in the area. Strong community with good family values.
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    Glendale

    • City in California
    • 28 reviews
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    Rochester

    • City in Minnesota
    • 112 reviews
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    Seattle

    • City in Washington
    • 145 reviews