Every parent wants to be able to raise their kids in a safe, educational, child friendly atmosphere. That’s why people emigrate to different countries or decide in which part of their present country they want to live. If you don’t have kids yet then bear with us. Even if you plan on never having kids this is probably good knowledge. You can at least advise your friends when they bring the subject up. But if you don’t have any friends, living in cities that are good for kids are generally good all around places to live (we’re sorry that you don’t have friends though). These places are usually affordable, safe, have good infrastructure, and plenty of things to do. So, even if you don’t have a family it can be a good place to look for singles wanting to relocate. Having said all that, this list is based on rankings by niche.com. As you may have guessed, safety and schools are very heavily favored and many of the locations are places that probably won’t surprise you. California, North Carolina, Colorado, and Texas all have the most cities on the list. These are the 25 best places in the United States to raise kids.
Raleigh, North Carolina
With relatively average price levels, residents here are generally highly educated and white collar.
A mid-size city in California, things may be slightly more expensive here than elsewhere in the country. It received good scores in the area of education though.
A vibrant and growing city, Seattle ranked extremely high with regards to day care availability, cleanliness, and culture.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Known for outdoor activities, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University. It is a lively place that gives you plenty of culture offerings to go along with the Rocky Mountains.
Living near the nation’s capital is sure to provide plenty of cultural opportunities and a number of good jobs. Safety and diversity are two things that the residents here tend to boast about.
With strong support for local infrastructure, libraries and schools are well taken care off. Just to give you an idea, there is even a local tool lending library. Yes, they stock shovels and spades.
Scoring high in education and community infrastructure, Temecula is situated about half way between Los Angeles and San Diego. Safety is not a concern here and there are plenty parks and local green areas.
A rapidly growing city, Rochester has numerous employment opportunities. Although the weather can be a bit cold for southerners many buildings downtown are linked by skyways so quite often you can get where you’re going without stepping outside.
Unlike Rochester, it’s never cold here. Besides the good weather, the region is very similar to Rochester in other ways. Good schools, plenty of stores, and a friendly community.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
A very local atmosphere, there is always something to do. From events and festivals to the diverse restaurants, as a college town there is something here for the whole family.
Close to stores and entertainment, Burbank is known for being family oriented and safe.
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A very international community thanks to the local colleges, Cambridge has plenty of jobs, schools, and things to do.
The weather is probably better than you would expect with nearly 300+ sunny days per year. Public transit is effective, people are friendly, and there are plenty of outdoors activities in the region.
Overland Park, Kansas
Yes, it’s true that the region has been nicknamed the “bubble” because of a perceived lack of cultural diversity, in other areas, however, (safety, schools, etc) it scores very well.
A safe and family oriented city, Glendale has plenty to offer people of all ages. The school system is good and everything is very clean.
With lots of diversity, Richardson has plenty of cultural and culinary offerings to go along with its southern hospitality and friendliness.
Thousand Oaks, California
Situated on the edge of Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks benefits from being close to a huge global city while still providing a family friendly atmosphere.
Found in the heart of the LA metropolis, Torrance has great beaches, great weather, and friendly people. Known for having a little bit of something for everyone, Torrance is still very safe and a great place for kids.
Located right across the water from Seattle, Bellevue is similar in many ways. Its population is educated, progressive, and generally upper middle class.
Part of the Bay Area, Sunnyvale benefits from its proximity to job markets like Silicon Valley. Weather is very mild all year round and cultural offerings aboud.
With incredible southern California weather, Carlsbad is known for its high income, high educated residents. With plenty to do and safety a non-issue, the area is great for raising kids.
Round Rock, Texas
Just north of Austin, Round Rock is known for being safe and convenient. With plenty of jobs, the whole family is sure to enjoy life here.
A very affluent region, Naperville ranks highly in safety, community offerings, and family friendliness.
Santa Clara, California
With great cultural offerings and plenty of parks, Santa Clara is clean, safe, and has everything you could want as a family.
Growing quickly, the schools here are great, jobs are plentiful, and the area is very safe. All in all it ranks as the number 1 city in which to raise kids.