2016 Best Counties to Raise a Family in America

Explore the best counties 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.

See how this ranking was calculated
  • National
  • By State
Viewing 1-25 of 100
  1. 1

    Hamilton

    • County in Indiana
  2. 2

    Loudoun

    • County in Virginia
    • 142 reviews
    Niche User:This area is beautiful, with rolling hills and vineyards and horse farms everywhere. The cost of living is elevated because of the mean income level of residents, but the beauty of the place is so worth it.
    More about Loudoun
  3. 3

    Collin

    • County in Texas
    • 26 reviews
  4. 4

    Delaware

    • County in Ohio
    • 11 reviews
  5. 5

    Dallas

    • County in Iowa
  6. 6

    Carver

    • County in Minnesota
    • 2 reviews
  7. 7

    Forsyth

    • County in Georgia
    • 1 review
  8. 8

    Johnson

    • County in Kansas
    • 3 reviews
  9. 9

    Oconee

    • County in Georgia
    • 1 review
  10. 10

    Rosebud

    • County in Montana
  11. 11

    Williamson

    • County in Tennessee
    • 114 reviews
    Parent:People in my area (out of town-country) have lived here mostly for as long or longer than I have. As for the actual community of Nolensville, there are many new people who have lived here for 5 years or less. They continue to build houses, and people continue to move here. I wish that it would stop now!!
    More about Williamson
  12. 12

    Bailey

    • County in Texas
  13. 13

    Yoakum

    • County in Texas
  14. 14

    Howard

    • County in Maryland
    • 69 reviews
    Niche User:Crimes do not occur here, except for small petty ones like petty theft. Those who do get stolen from do not have a major break in, usually they just forget to lock their doors (for their house or car). However, farther away from town it is very safe, yet if something happened, we can rely on the police to show up in a quick manner.
    More about Howard
  15. 15

    Fort Bend

    • County in Texas
    • 6 reviews
  16. 16

    Boone

    • County in Indiana
  17. 17

    Williamson

    • County in Texas
  18. 18

    Benton

    • County in Arkansas
    • 5 reviews
  19. 19

    Martin

    • County in Texas
  20. 20

    Denton

    • County in Texas
    • 37 reviews
  21. 21

    Warren

    • County in Ohio
    • 2 reviews
  22. 22

    Lincoln

    • County in South Dakota
  23. 23

    Fairfax

    • County in Virginia
    • 331 reviews
    Niche User:Since living here, I have never felt unsafe not even once. I can always see our policemen out on the streets looking for things to help with and for what I've seen they are always really responsive.
    More about Fairfax
  24. 24

    Sarpy

    • County in Nebraska
    • 114 reviews
    Niche User:Papillion has been ranked one of the best places to live in the country multiple times. The quality of life is great. This is a great place to raise a family. After a while of living here, you get to know the people in the town and see them all around. The downside is that it is very quite. Sometimes there isn't a lot to do, and you have to venture into Omaha for the nightlife and good dining options. But, at the end of the day, I would rank Papillion the very best. I know the mayor personally, along with most of the people that live in the town, and he does his very best to ensure Papillion is headed in the right direction.
    More about Sarpy
  25. 25

    Douglas

    • County in Colorado