#1 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Illinois
- Rating 4.15 out of 5 631 reviews
Current Resident: Naperville is an extremely welcoming city near Chicago. The area holds loads of fun activities and shopping centers. The downtown area has a huge range of options for places to go with friends. Naperville is also extremely safe, with a very low crime rate. It's definitely the place to be!
- 147,501 Population
#2 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 4.33 out of 5 422 reviews
Current Resident: We have lived all over (San Diego, DC, Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio, Jacksonville). The Woodlands is great, especially if you have a family. Great schools. Good people. Very safe! Clean. The Woodlands and its various villages are spread out in both Montgomery County and Harris County. The newest homes are in Creekside/Harris County and they range from $350K to $1.3+ million. Creekside is associated with Tomball ISD, which is a solid school system and less Beverly Hills 90210 and without the mega 1,500 student high school senior class that you see in Conroe ISD/older sections of The Woodlands. There are mega rich sections of The Woodlands in Montgomery Co. near Hughes Landing, but several older sections too with average, but aging housing. Montgomery Co. courts are MUCH tougher on criminals than Harris County and criminals know that, BUT Constable Precinct 4 has the paid contract to patrol Creekside so the police service is outstanding and dedicated to patrolling the area.
- 113,819 Population
#3 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Virginia
- Rating 4.53 out of 5 223 reviews
Current Resident: I've lived in Arlington for almost 18 years, and I really love it. It's the perfect mix of urban and suburban. There is plenty of outdoor space to enjoy. We are pretty close to the Capitol, so there is a lot of activity going on. There's many opportunities for entertainment and exercise in the area. It's a very wealthy area, so our government funded establishments are very strong and hold a wealth of resources for the community. Commuting to and from work is not super tedious. I know plenty of people who can easy walk, metro, or bike each day. I do believe that there is something great for everyone here, and there is always something new to explore!
- 233,464 Population
#4 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Washington
- Rating 4.4 out of 5 157 reviews
Current Resident: I just moved to Bellevue from Southern California a few months ago. I love being in close proximity to everything- 15 minutes to Seattle, 15 minutes to wine country, 30 minutes to a beautiful waterfall and snow in Snoqualmie. I also like how diverse it is and traffic is not bad. I appreciate the emphasis on public transportation here and I'm excited for the east side light rail extension.
Bellevue and east side in general is safe and nice looking, but there are a couple cons: eating out is hella expensive. It's not uncommon to end up spending like $25 or more on a whole pizza. Tacos are like $4-5 each at a lot of places. Fish is surprisingly hard to find and is also very expensive unless you want just fish and chips.
You can probably find whatever it is you want to eat if you're willing to spend $15-25 for it. That's honestly probably the biggest con.
Oh and the housing market is pretty darn expensive. The rental market isn't bad though.
- 144,403 Population
#5 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Maryland
- Rating 4.16 out of 5 372 reviews
Nearby Resident: Columbia, MD is very family friendly and has the conveniences that all families needs such as supermarkets, malls, boutique shops, and restaurants. There are many places that you can enjoy outdoor leisure time and never have to worry about personal safety. The community is diverse and allows people to freely enjoy the secret treasures of this bedroom community. What takes it over the top is that there are options for all -- Walmart, Target, Sam's or Costco. A step further, there is Trader Joe's, Mom's and Whole Foods. One can enjoy reading a book at Barnes and Nobles, or having hot tea at the local IHOP. You can walk, jog or run around the lake, or just sit and enjoy the view. And, do not forget to pamper yourself at any number of the spas, nail shops and salons. And the warmer months allow you to enjoy the sounds of music at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which draws some of the hottest talent and largest crowds! Welcome to Columbia, MD - we are waiting for you...
- 103,991 Population
#6 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Kansas
- Rating 4.14 out of 5 430 reviews
Current Resident: Overland Park is a great suburb of Kansas City. It has a terrific family atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat and shop. OP also has great sports facilities including a world-class youth soccer complex as well as several top-notch sports academies. Sitting just 15 minutes outside of Kansas City, Overland Park also has access to world-class performing arts, KC Royals, KC Chiefs, the College Basketball Experience including the entertainment district Power & Light, Country Club Plaza, Crown Center (Hallmark), and much more. Of course being the BBQ capital of the nation we also are close to KC Joe's, Hayward's, Jack Stack, Gates, and more!
- 191,011 Population
#7 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Michigan
- Rating 4.26 out of 5 514 reviews
Niche User: A sweet and enjoyable small town! Ann Arbor offers everything that you need in your day to day life. The town is filled with restaurants, shops, music venues, fantastic schools, grocery stores and the best farmers market! I really enjoy the small town feel, but it is also nice that we have access to Detroit and if you are up to a big adventure Chicago is only 4 hours away! I am here as a graduate student and I am very glad I chose to come to Ann Arbor. Everyday you will see students, working professionals, and retirees walking around the town, eating at restaurants and truly enjoying life! Also, the ARBORETUM is to die for (trust me, you will want to go see this place). I can definitely see myself raising my kids here one day! DEFINITELY A MUST SEE TOWN!
- 120,735 Population
#8 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 4.1 out of 5 855 reviews
Current Resident: Plano, Tx is a Great Place to raise a family! People are very friendly and clean. I love parks and malls that surround Plano. Downtown Plano has a lot to offer for the nightlife; amazing spots to eat, walk and beautiful urban sightseeings are available as well. Plano is a quiet place to raise a family, they provide good public education, friendly environment, good food. One thing Plano lacks is diversity, which is getting better now. People are always involved in some activities, walking their dogs, jogging and most importantly they are active on neighborhood safety. Homeowners get together to keep the area safe(night-watch). Overall Plano is the best place to make long-lasting memories with your family and friends, I know I did!
- 287,064 Population
#9 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.34 out of 5 490 reviews
Visitor: I really enjoy this city because of how clean and open the roads are; overall the city feels breathable due to the low amount of tall buildings and offers several places to surround yourself with nature on a hike. One of my favorite places to visit is the Irvine Spectrum mall because of the many places to shop, eat and socialize. I love coming with my friends and family to take the day off and simply enjoy each others company watching a movie or racing a competitive match on Mario Cart at Dave and Busters! The Great Park also has many fun activities like hopping onto the carousel or (my personal favorite) viewing the whole city and become mesmerized by the landscape from a hot air balloon. This city is truly one of my favorites and holds many dear memories of me and my loved ones.
- 273,157 Population
#10 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Massachusetts
- Rating 4.33 out of 5 104 reviews
Current Resident: Cambridge is an amazing city to live in with it's high standards in regards to education, both primary and secondary, the amazing job opportunities that are offered in the technology sectors, as well as the great and often cheap public transportation as Cambridge is interconnected with the MBTA (The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) public transit system. Unfortunately there isn't much to do at night beside going out for dining. There are a plethora of small businesses that offer amazing experiences to it's customers. However, the houses here are very expensive, often bein the the multi-millions. Cambridge has also been sufferings from gentrification as those who are living in the public housing are being moved constantly so that the buildings can be knocked down and rebuilt to be more modern and appealing to those who are moving into Cambridge.
- 116,632 Population
#11 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.09 out of 5 177 reviews
Current Resident: Moving to Berkeley is undoubtably the best decision I have ever made! This particular city is wildly diverse and full of vibrance and excitement. Overlooking the high-cost of living that comes with the Bay Area -- the weather and college atmosphere are unprecedented. I highly recommend living here. After all, everyone deserves the happiness and opportunity this community offers to its residents.
- 121,485 Population
#12 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in North Carolina
- Rating 4.05 out of 5 1,206 reviews
Current Resident: I have really enjoyed my time in Raleigh so far. I moved back to Raleigh after four years in western NC for college, and I had forgotten how much there is to do in the capitol city. Downtown has seen quite a bit of growth in the past few years with the addition of many new businesses, restaurants, nightlife and activities. I recommend Amorino Raleigh for desserts, Sir Walter Raleigh for coffee, Parkside Restaurant for dinner, Just Salad for lunch, North Hills and Cameron Village for shopping, the Red Hat Amphitheater for concerts, Historic Oakwood for a stroll, and Drive Shack for a late-night activity. Between the exceptional pubic schools, diverse communities, range of activities, and the bustling nightlife- there is no place like Raleigh, NC!
- 464,485 Population
#13 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 4.09 out of 5 297 reviews
Current Resident: Richardson is a suburban area next to Dallas, so it has the quieter pace of the suburbs but next door to the city for a night out. It's easy to commute to other cities because it has highways that run through the city that make travel easier. Richardson is smaller than neighboring cities around but not have a very small-town feel. It is a generally safe area, weather-wise, and crime wise. The city is a family-friendly community overall. Richardson schools offer magnets programs and other special programs. Schools in Richardson are also competitive and score higher than other neighboring school districts. Most residents of Richardson are middle class, but there is diversity, ethnically and culturally. One annoying thing is that Richardson does not provide trash bins, and large bulky trash is only picked up if you call ahead. Another is that you will probably have to go to neighboring cities to enjoy hiking, amusement parks, concerts, and other exciting things.
- 116,432 Population
#14 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.07 out of 5 243 reviews
Works Here: Sunnyvale is the city I've grown up in, and I love it! Sunnyvale has some of the best public schools, starting from elementary all the way up to high school. There are a lot of different areas in Sunnyvale to shop, explore, and have fun. There are still small businesses in Sunnyvale, such as Zanotto's Family Market, the fruit stand, and others around the city. Sunnyvale is a rather big town, but it has that small town feel. You get to know your neighbors and everyone is super friendly. For nightlife, downtown is a great place to go, filled with many restaurant choices, bars, nightclubs, and an ice rink in December. Over the summer, downtown hosts different bands for free concerts on Wednesdays, bringing the community together even more. These are just a few things that make Sunnyvale unique - come visit and see for yourself!
- 152,770 Population
#15 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Wisconsin
- Rating 3.99 out of 5 698 reviews
Current Resident: Madison is an amazing city! You get everything you can get in a huge city, right here in this mid-sized city. The amazing arts in the community can be seen in places like the Orpheum Theatre, Barrymore Theatre, Bartell Community Theatre, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, etc. You have plenty of venues for comedians and musicians such as the Sylvee on the east side or Comedy Club on State Street, not to mention the Alliant Energy Center for more big name artists. This city has more parks per capita than any city in the U.S.! The outdoor recreation is insane, even in the winter! This place has it all.
- 254,977 Population
#16 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Colorado
- Rating 4.06 out of 5 313 reviews
Current Resident: Boulder has definitely earned it's title as my new home. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the entire community from retired residents to business owners to CU students and restaurant workers have banded together to build a sense of hope and togetherness. Although the price or rent may seem high, it's all made up for with a view of the Flatirons from pretty much anywhere in the city. Boulder has a great balance of outdoor activities and city life- it's only a 5 minute drive to the mountains and a 30 minute drive to Denver! 'Sko Buffs!
- 106,392 Population
#17 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.41 out of 5 356 reviews
Current Resident: I love Carlsbad, it’s beautiful! It’s also very big. Downtown Carlsbad is fun, exciting, with lots to do. There’s lots of shops to walk to and there’s a lot of restaurants to try. I lived there for many years and we walked everywhere. Now I live in another part of Carlsbad which is just as beautiful. A little further from the downtown area of walkable places, but everything is still close by. The outlet mall and the shops at the forum are great places to shop and are both nearby. Driving on Highway 101 is a great way to enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean along the coast. During sunsets the skies are unbelievable , beautiful and viewable from most areas in the city. The only downside to the area is the traffic and the amount of people. But from someone who is born and raised in California I think it’s worth it.
- 114,253 Population
#18 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 4.29 out of 5 378 reviews
Current Resident: I loved growing up in Round Rock. My parents chose to live here because the schools are good, it has a low crime rate and the cost of living is reasonable. Outdoor recreation is abundant such as boating, biking, running, fishing, hiking, swimming, outdoor theater and many, many others. There are lots of historic sites. The Chisholm Trail runs right through the center of town. The Sam Bass cemetery contains graves of people born before the American Revolution. Round Rock has the feel of a small town with easy access to larger cities. Round Rock is about 23 miles north of Austin proper. The food here is the best! Everyone knows about Texas barbecue; no food anywhere can even compare. The weather is fantastic, with Round Rock boasting about 300 days of sunshine per year. The people are friendly and there is a strong sense of community. All in all, Round Rock is a great place to live.
- 124,434 Population
#19 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Washington
- Rating 4.23 out of 5 885 reviews
Current Resident: I love living in the PNW! Residing in Seattle, I get all the benefits of a big city (good food, entertainment, a variety of schools, public transportation, job opportunities, etc...) while maintaining easy access to the beautiful nature of Washington state. There are countless forests, mountains, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, parks, and rivers all in easy driving distance, and there's outdoor fun year round if you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or the like. Although some complain about the weather, it really isn't as rainy as most people make it out to be. The winter occasionally yields snow, and the summer sees sunny days occasionally nearing even ninety degrees. Seattle is pretty diverse, but even though locals generally pride themselves for being liberal and progressive that isn't to say issues like racism, police brutality, or gentrification are non-existent here. Yet every place has its issues, and in Seattle the pros far outweigh the cons!
- 724,305 Population
#20 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in California
- Rating 4.34 out of 5 282 reviews
Current Resident: Torrance is a great city. Personally, the closeness to several beaches makes the city worth wild. Hollywood Riviera offers countless delicious restaurants as well as Old Town Torrance. Also the Del Amo Mall has all stores for all your shopping needs! A city great for families.
- 145,492 Population
#21 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in California
- Rating 3.86 out of 5 203 reviews
Current Resident: Lived in Maywood Park since 2005. Our son grew up here. Santa Clara has a surprisingly provincial compared to neighbor Sunnyvale which feels busier, or Mountain View which is, like Palo Alto, rather more elitist. Santa Clara is just... friendly in comparison. Bland initially, it has improved over the years with more trees and better retail. Climate is perfect. Gets a bit polluted during winter, like the rest of the bay area. Cupertino schools are truly top notch. Feel exceedingly safe. Excellent city services. Houses go for 1.5M+ in my neighborhood, but very little inventory year over year. Traffic is the main neighborhood concern due to Apple commuters. However residential streets are not really affected just avenues. Love to walk and run daily through all local streets. Busier Palo Alto feels too urban and busy for that. Overall we feel very blessed and fortunate to have landed in southwest Santa Clara!
- 127,721 Population
#22 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Virginia
- Rating 4.37 out of 5 347 reviews
Current Resident: Looking to get away without getting away? Alexandria can be your local retreat. Alexandria offers a deep dive into history, a vast culture, and day/night adventures. Alexandria gives you grand gourmet food you dream of and also comfort food you never knew you needed. Old Town, Alexandria reminds you of simpler times with the cobble stone roads and beautiful townhouse and home. Old Town, Alexandria gives you a chance to realz by the water and enjoy the view. The people are friendly and charming. They are happy to have you visit and explore their home town. Soon their hometown will your hometown. During this stressful time, the restaurants and other cute stores welcome you with their safe and cleaning regulations. Some might say that living here is too expensive but there is a wide range of homes and apartments around the area to make any living arrangement work. The metro can take you right into DC so the city is just a simple ride away! The airport is easy to assess in the metro
- 157,613 Population
#23 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Missouri
- Rating 3.85 out of 5 447 reviews
Current Resident: Columbia is a good sized city. Not too big and not too small. It has that "small town" feel with all of the amenities! The downtown or the "District" is a fun place to hang out and has a lot of interesting shops and eateries. The Katy Trail is a great resource for exercise and sightseeing. The city is bike friendly, easy to walk and very easy to navigate by vehicle. It's also convenient to hop onto I-70 for a quick day trip to St. Louis or Kansas City!
- 121,230 Population
#24 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Minnesota
- Rating 3.99 out of 5 250 reviews
Current Resident: I moved to Rochester from Racine, Wisconsin, when my children were young. We immediately found so many things to love -- the clean, welcoming parks and bike trails, the kid- and adult-friendly downtown, and most importantly, the amazingly helpful public school system. Rochester is the perfect place to raise children. And it turned out to be the perfect place for me, too. I love my job at Mayo Clinic. Our life here is very different from anything I planned or expected, and I am very grateful. Some things are still wanting, such as public transportation and entertainment venues, but I see them growing each year in smart, efficient ways that bode well for the future of the city.
- 115,557 Population
#25 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America
- City in Texas
- Rating 3.93 out of 5 690 reviews
Current Resident: College Station has a lot of dining and shopping choices without the busy traffic of a larger city. I would love to see more fishing options in the area or an increase in amount of fish stocked throughout the year. The public schools are fantastic! The teachers care about the student's success and will go above and beyond to help struggling students. Texas A&M University is in our backyard so there are lots of job opportunities in a wide variety of fields. Overall I believe College Station is a great place to raise a small family, go to college, or retire there is something for everyone.
- 113,686 Population
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