2017 Best Places to Raise a Family in America

Explore the best places 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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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 8 reviews
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    Clarendon Hills

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 8 reviews
    Current Resident:It is a quiet, safe place to live. It is also diverse and very clean. I would like to buy a house out here one day because of the diversity and I feel very safe.
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 23 reviews
    Current Resident:Hinsdale is a charming quaint town. The town is great for raising a family! The area has excellent schools from pre-k to high school. There's many good restaurants, in downtown hinsdale. I recommend Nabuki... some of the best sushi in the Chicagoland area! The town is overall safe, clean, and a great place to live!
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    Franklin Park

    • Suburb of Pittsburgh, PA
    • 38 reviews
    Current Resident:Wonderful area. Very safe, diverse, and calming. Great public school district, and good opportunities for student age people to get involved in the community
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 5 reviews
    Niche User:Being a suburb with the majority of residents being in the top 1% financially, things are very nice in the area. A downside is that there definitely are people and places that give off a pretentious air. I personally do not fall in that financial bracket (or close to it) but that has effected me very little socially. I feel very lucky to live in this area.
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    • Town in Indiana
    • 169 reviews
    Current Resident:Great schools, friendly neighbors, safe, bike-friendly, kid-friendly, award-winning youth sports programs, many outdoor art festivals and activities. Great place to live!
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    • Suburb of Columbus, OH
    • 67 reviews
    Current Resident:Dublin is a city that offers a great sense of diversity among the people, healthy choices for food and places to exercise, also it is a community for everyone! The people of Dublin are welcoming and cultured. The views at the parks and on the trails are breathtaking. You feel a sense of peace. It's a city with a lot to offer, but can also be a place of refuge. Dublin is a place of home.
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    Buffalo Grove

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 94 reviews
    Former Resident:Buffalo Grove was the town I grew up in ever since I was born all the way until I graduated high school. All of my memories are here. The schooling is amazing, the people here are extremely friendly, the parks are great, and it's extremely safe. This is a perfect place to raise a family and have a great life. The only problem is there isn't a downtown area, and you might get bored since there aren't that many places to go out. Other than that, Buffalo Grove is great!
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 15 reviews
    Niche User:Top place to raise a family, excellent schools, small class sizes and differentiation, beautiful landscape/lake and homes. Close to Botanic Gardens, Writer's Theatre, tons of children's activities. 38 minute train ride to the city, and just as close of drive to the city as Wilmette (thanks to easy access to the expressway).
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    • Suburb of St. Louis, MO
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    • City in Illinois
    • 405 reviews
    Current Resident:Naperville is a pleasant city, with a decent population size. This town is fairly safe, I never felt afraid walking outside. The downtown area has some lovely shopping and eating choices, but can be a little pricey some times. This town is definitely for middle-upper-middle class families, generally white collar people. For children there are several great junior and high schools to attend that will prepare them for college should they choose to do so. unfortunately there is little in the way of anything else for them to do, it will be a little boring for them. Naperville is located close to several other towns and cities and about 45 minutes from Chicago, so you can always drive out to find some nice entertainment or family fun night! There is an abundance of fast food and housing can be a little pricey too. Overall, a decent white collar area.
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    Long Grove

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 5 reviews
    Current Resident:This town is quite historic, people from all over come to visit it during all of the seasonal festivals. The town is very into decorating for all of the holidays and festivities. It is quant and wants to remain a historical town rather an upgraded town. The food places are very good and the shops are cute - slightly overpriced. The residents are all friendly and welcoming. It is very safe yet still close to other major stores like grocery stores and pharmacies.
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    Short Hills

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 25 reviews
    Current Resident:I like feeling safe here. You can walk out in the middle of the night without any fear of being attacked or watched. I sometimes don't like the people that these million dollar homes attract. There are many snobs, especially at school. However, if you want a great high school education and a family-friendly place, this is a great place.
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    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 61 reviews
    Current Resident:Growing up in the inclusive, generous small town of Wilmette, IL, I saw the value of community from a young age. Most of the families have lived here for generations, and people move to Wilmette to stay, so it is very family-centric. Because of this, the village has a long tradition of citizen involvement in public life, and there are a wide range of charitable and civic organizations and clubs. Anytime there is a crisis, the community rallies together to help their fellow citizens. Neighbors don’t hesitate to help you carry your groceries or bring in the newspaper when you’re on vacation. The village thrives because everyone feels ownership towards their neighborhoods and responsibility for their community.
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    Whitefish Bay

    • Suburb of Milwaukee, WI
    • 12 reviews
    Niche User:This town, though not very diverse, is a great place to live! Raising children would be amazing due to the fact that the schools are the best in the area, and there are a few streets with some great shops and restaurants very close by.
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    Western Springs

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 23 reviews
    Current Resident:This town captures it all! They have excellent public and private schools for families. There is a very small and quaint downtown area that has several restaurants and wine bars. A good old fashioned market with a butcher/deli, fruit store, oberweiss, Starbucks and many small businesses owned by our very own residents! The town resembles a modern day "Maybury" and yes almost everyone knows each other! I've Iived here for the past 12 years, since my son turned 5 and could start going to school and have loved every minute of it!
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    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 42 reviews
    Parent:We have never felt unsafe, older children can play outside without worrying about them, police are friendly and very responsive. We have had some break ins recently but that is about it.
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    Tower Lakes

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 8 reviews
    Niche User:I feel very safe. There have been a few burglaries in last year, but that's pretty much it. Police drive around the neighborhoods very often. I don't have any immediate concerns.
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    • Suburb of Cincinnati, OH
    • 7 reviews
    Former Resident:Great small town with amazing schools. Neighbors are some of the nicest people I have met, and the teachers at the schools truly care about you.
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    • Suburb of Boston, MA
    • 46 reviews
    Current Resident:The amazing town of Lexington is the birthplace of the American Revolutionary War. The Lexington school district is among the top ranked in the state of MA and nationally. It is a friendly, family oriented, environmentally conscious and affluent community. Lexington is also very charitable and provides many opportunities for community service. The real estate market is very expensive and highly sought after. Great place to live.
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    Upper Uwchlan Township

    • Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
    • 23 reviews
    Niche User:I've had to call the police for a barking dog at 1am on a week night and the police showed up within 10 minutes. Whenever i'm driving, I always see at least one officer searching for crimes. Also, I never hear of any crimes in this area; it's very safe.
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    East Grand Rapids

    • Suburb of Grand Rapids, MI
    • 16 reviews
    Niche User:There is almost no crime in East Grand Rapids. Sometimes the police wait at certain intersections to give speeding tickets. The police/public safety station is in Gaslight Village, very visible and accessible.
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    • Suburb of St. Louis, MO
    • 59 reviews
    Current Resident:Wildwood has a great school district. Tons of job opportunity regardless of class. People of all ages and different ethnicities. The best part is wildwood is still growing!
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    • Suburb of Cleveland, OH
    • 75 reviews
    Current Resident:Hudson feels safe, I am really comfortable here. The city has beautiful historic homes and is very well maintained. There are a lot of local businesses and community activities that make it feel like home. In the summer there is a food and wine festival and Friday movies on "the green" for families. In the fall and winter there is Halloween window painting and Santa comes to visit!
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    Green Oaks

    • Suburb of Chicago, IL
    • 7 reviews
    Niche User:Libertyville is a safe area to live in.
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