2017 Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in America

Explore the best neighborhoods 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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    Pacific Highlands Ranch

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 3 reviews
    Niche User:I live in a very wonderful area and I have access to everything I need. It's a fairly wealthy and very clean area. The only aspect of this area that I do not like is how superficial some people are; there are a lot of plastic surgeons who get lots of business around here and it is a little off-putting how fake people's bodies are and sometimes their personality matches that superficiality.
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    Del Mar Mesa

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    Black Mountain Ranch

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Villa de la Valle

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    Torrey Hills

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 4 reviews
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    Carmel Valley

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 41 reviews
    Current Resident:Great place to live for families! Lots of wonderful parks, easy access to a variety of dining, and low crime. However, like most places in San Diego, the cost of living is extremely high.
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    Torrey Highlands

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:This area is really nice and quiet so there aren't really any disturbances whatsoever. Everyone is really nice to each other and no one gets mad at each other.
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    Northwest Heights

    • Neighborhood in Portland, OR
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here since I was born. I loved the people, the clean air, fresh water, and access to good healthy food in a sustainable city.
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    Barnaby Woods

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 1 review
    Niche User:We moved hear from the heart of the city and this allows for both suburban life away from the noise, but quick access to public transportation to get into the city again.
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    Rancho Encantada

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
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    Sabre Springs

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:This area is pretty great... I mean there's so much to do! You can go to the beach, there's so many beautiful malls to hit, and there's just everything - everywhere. San Diego is cool because the landscape changes every 20 miles in each and every direction you head. I think it's very pretty, and a fun place to be. Plus, most of the people are so super friendly and outgoing.

    But it has its downsides. Like (of course in California), mostly everyone is a horrible driver. There can be traffic, but it is not nearly as bad as LA - so I don't really mind. But, I honestly couldn't even count how many times someone has carelessly almost hit me in the 5 months that I've lived here. Also, even though I was told that its 80 degrees year round here many times, it's totally NOT. So, be prepared for solid 60 degree weather at times.

    Other than that San Diego is awesome!
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    Wesley Heights

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
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    Healy Heights

    • Neighborhood in Portland, OR
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    Easton Park

    • Neighborhood in Tampa, FL
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    Arnold Creek

    • Neighborhood in Portland, OR
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:Lake Oswego is wonderful if you have lived here your whole life, but the community (especially the schools) tend to reject newcomers. This lack of openness sometimes leads to an extremely homogenous community which is great if you fit into that mold but difficult to live with if you don't look or act the part.
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    Battery Park City

    • Neighborhood in New York City, NY
    • 6 reviews
    Current Resident:The parks, the activities, the views , the schools, the convenience, and now the stores and restaurants are all reasons to love BPC. Every neighborhood in NYC may have downsides - you give up something - parks for restaurants or schools for convenience - not in BPC. Love it here!
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    Presidio National Park

    • Neighborhood in San Francisco, CA
    • 1 review
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    Foxhall Crescents

    • Neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:A great place to live but a little expensive
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    Campbell Green

    • Neighborhood in Dallas, TX
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:The public educational facilities are far better than the location where I originally came from and I think there will be many successful figures emerging from the Dallas/Plano area in the future.
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    Rancho Penasquitos

    • Neighborhood in San Diego, CA
    • 60 reviews
    Niche User:These apartment complexes are at the end of a long road that's connected to the main boulevard. We are dug into more of a hillside which creates this valley like landscape. The place is surrounded by a lot of nature like different trees, bushes, flowers, and small critters like birds. For apartment complexes, this place is fairly nice and it sure is a quiet neighborhood. Throughout the years, security has been getting stricter but, I believe it's getting too strict. Sure, the crime rates have been lower than ever (from 1% - 0%) in the past year or so but, it really restricts how we can just enjoy our own freedom and that humble feeling of home.
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    • Neighborhood in Portland, OR
    • 13 reviews
    Niche User:There hasn't been any crime other than one time and that was it. A guy was walking to houses by houses and just kicking the front door. My neighbor called the police but the suspect ran away. So far I felt really protective and safe living here because we have neighborhood watch. No concerns are effective right now, everything is going great.
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    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 69 reviews
    Current Resident:The Memorial area is very nice. While it is an expensive area, there are still areas that are affordable for middle class families. You get the big trees and yards, while being in the city. The schools in the area are highly ranked academically. The only place I have lived so far that I feel safe at any time of day or night. There is also police patrol through each subdivision day and night. There are always people walking and are always friendly. It is very convenient to major freeways and parts of town. Overall, safety is the biggest plus!
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    • Neighborhood in Seattle, WA
    • 2 reviews
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    View Ridge

    • Neighborhood in Seattle, WA