2017 Best Places to Raise a Family in New York City Metro

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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    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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    New Canaan

    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 20 reviews
    Current Resident:New Canaan is a picturesque small town with so many great community events, excellent public schools, convenient proximity to New York City, and awesome (if expensive) shopping. It definitely represents a suburban ideal. With that being said, it has almost no diversity and there is a lot of pressure to "fit in". To some, that aspect is motivating, but to others it can be quite stifling.
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 7 reviews
    Current Resident:I like the fact that it's pretty small and you get to know a lot of the people well. There isn't a whole lot to do in Weston itself, but it's about 10 minutes from Westport, which has a lot of stores, 20 minutes to the beach, and an hour train ride to New York. It's also very safe: I've never heard of anyone having anything stolen or anything particularly crime-related occur. The public schools are very good and a lot of money goes into them. It's a big reason why people choose to live in Weston. If you do not have kids in the school system, it's harder to meet people, and may not be the best place for you to live. For the most part, people are friendly and it's nice to see your neighbors or people you know around town. I had a good experience in Weston, especially with the school system. It's very competitive and is probably more difficult than most schools in the US, but if you're looking for a quality education, Weston would be a very good choice.
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 41 reviews
    Current Resident:Syosset is an affluent town with an excellent school system. Our graduation rate is 99%. We have a language introduction program of 5 languages including Chinese starting in kindergarten. Our educators are always striving for the success of the students by mentoring after school clubs that cultivate our academic and social skills.
    Our town consistently tries to embrace diversity. We have added multicultural holidays to the school calendar, employed ESL teachers, and encouraged acceptance within the community.
    As a town we are located near beaches, parks and shopping.
    The residents enjoy many activities at these venues sponsored by our town.
    Syosset is about a 40 minute train ride into NYC. This allows easy access to a great city with an abundance of employment opportunities.
    This town is an ideal place for families. I enjoyed growing up here.
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    Old Greenwich

    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 3 reviews
    Current Resident:Very friendly town! very diverse. There's never problems around here. It is always peaceful and quiet. Especially the beach, Todds point, is is clean and awesome! I should totally recommend you to visit this amazing town!
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    Great Neck Estates

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 24 reviews
    Current Resident:Jericho is a diverse community that is proud of their school district and their students. Due to our standings we have many looking to buy and rent houses in our town. It's close to public transportation, and shopping.
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    Pelham Manor

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 4 reviews
    Niche User:It is a closely knit community where there is always a ton of support around any cause.
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    Chatham Township

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 6 reviews
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    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 14 reviews
    Current Resident:Very safe area, good for raising a family, excellent public schools, but also incredibly boring. There are also a ton of nail salons in town.
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 18 reviews
    Current Resident:Bronxville is the perfect niche for college students or college graduates looking for a warm, cozy and quiet place to lay their heads. Look no further than the metro north down the street to get you the livest city in the world in less than 30 minutes. Now, let's talk about the foodies this place is boasting with awesome small eateries that will be sure satisfy your palate from italian to mexican you name it. If you are looking to a grab a cold beer, listen to some tunes and just chill for the night without the train ride to the city head over to Maggie Spillanes Pub. This place has great bar food and a great atmosphere, not to mention during the summer they have an awesome open rooftop so the party can continue. Bronxville is the best of both worlds, the truth is this little Lower Westchester County village packs a punch!
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 30 reviews
    Current Resident:Nice family friendly community with great schools. Easy commute to New York City. Great downtown. Fun beaches.
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    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 4 reviews
    Parent:My parents and my husband's parents were also born in the town of Greenwich so we have deep roots here. We have family throughout the town and I love raising my kids near their cousins and grandparents. We enjoy what the town has to offer in the way of sports and leisure activities. The downside is that it is expensive to live here and many people have lots of money.
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    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 18 reviews
    Works Here:Ridgewood is a great town for young adults to raise their children. Ridgewood is a very tight knit community where everyone helps out and knows one another. The center of town has a good amount of shops and top rated restaurants in the county which attracts a very positive ribe throughout the town. Ridgewood residents are great supporters of the local businesses. Also, young children used the center of town as a safe haven to meet up with friends. They utilize the shops, restaurants, and movie theater; everything is within walking distance! Ridgewood has a fantastic school system that challenges students and allows for high college acceptance rates. The faulty is outstanding and does not leave anyone behind. Ridgewood's school system also offers a wide variety of afterschool activities for the children, including camps at the town pool! Overall Ridgewood is an outstanding town and a wonderful community for families to grow.
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    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 15 reviews
    Current Resident:It was rated one of the best town in America. It has everything in a beautiful wooded suburb. Quick access to anywhere. Highway takes you to the airport in 20 minutes, great school system and great restaurants and food with in a 5 mile radius. Top shopping at the Short Hill Mall 2 miles away.
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 1 review
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    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 15 reviews
    Current Resident:Summit is great! I highly recommend it because the academics at Summit high School are great. Also, the downtown is very nice and active. Also, the sports teams have great success, especially the lacrosses in Summit.
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    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 20 reviews
    Current Resident:A beautiful town that is safe, family friendly, and full of many resources and opportunities for success as well as a fun. I have lived in this town almost my entire life, and I can say with absolute confidence that I have not felt safer anywhere else. You have nothing to fear when walking the streets, day or night, and there is always something to do. The shops downtown, while mostly pricey, are wonderful, Compo Beach is gorgeous year round, and the public schools are some of the best and safest. Furthermore, this town is excellent for raising a family. If you have the resources and can afford a home here (the only drawback to living in this town), I strongly recommend starting a family here. Its' strong, family oriented community ensures that all children have a chance in growing up in a safe town.
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    • Suburb in Connecticut
    • 23 reviews
    Current Resident:My husband and I purposely moved to Darien because of the excellent schools, including the special education (we have a special needs child). It's extremely safe, very family oriented, easily accessible to NYC by 95, train (direct), and the merrit. Although, driving commute can be treacherous at times. I work <32 miles in NYC (not train amenable) and it can take up to 2hrs one way sometimes.
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    Lloyd Harbor

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
    • 5 reviews
    Niche User:There is no crime in this town. The cops are very responsive, and every home is well equipped with alarm systems.
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    Laurel Hollow

    • Suburb of New York City, NY
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    North Caldwell

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 7 reviews
    Niche User:If you love being surrounded by extremely intellectual people, this is the place to be. The education system is one of the top in the state and people are all friendly. Taxes are expensive, but close proximity to New York City and other opportunities make it worth it. There is a large Jewish population.
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    Bernards Township

    • Suburb in New Jersey
    • 32 reviews
    Niche User:This area has an amazing education and great schools to enroll children in for all ages. The atmosphere of Basking Ridge is friendly and welcoming. You can walk around feeling completely safe. Basking Ridge is considered a wealthy town and does have its low moments of "big egos". However, this is the town I grew up in and I will always pick my home town over other towns. I have networked here for my major in college as well as with friends and other families, it is where I have come to know and will always love!
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