10 Best & Worst Cities for Families -- Is Yours on the List? (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Oct 28, 2014 Home & Garden

downtown Plano Texas

If you're thinking of packing up your family and moving to a new city, you may want to take a look at some of the findings Wallet Hub recently released. The personal finance site compared the 150 largest cities in the US to find out which places were the best and worst for families

Cost of housing and healthcare, divorce rates, and violent crime, as well as the quality of local schools, were all taken into account. 

The average American will move 11.7 times over his or her lifespan, according to the US Census bureau. Before you put down roots, you may want to consider some of Wallet Hub's findings. 

Check out our slideshow of the 10 best and worst cities for families and then tell us: Do you agree with this list?


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  • #1. Best: Plano, Texas

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    Plano, Texas, boasts the highest median family salary, adjusted for the cost of living, as well as the most affordable housing of the 150 cities Wallet Hub studied. 

  • #2. Best: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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    The largest city in the state of South Dakota, Sioux Falls maintains more than 70 parks. Its central downtown area is loaded with shops and restaurants, making it a fun and convenient spot for families. 

  • #3. Best: Overland Park, Kansas

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    Overland Park, Kansas, has the lowest number of families living below the poverty line. The city also features the fourth lowest divorce rate of those surveyed. Families enjoy the city's parks and well-maintained open spaces. 

  • #4. Best: Fremont, California

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    Lowest divorce rate and lowest crime rate per capita make Fremont, California, the fourth best place for families to live. 

  • #5. Best: Irvine, California

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    Home to the University of California, Irvine boasts the lowest divorce rate and the lowest crime rate per capita of all the cities surveyed. The region features plenty of parks and lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

  • #1. Worst: Detroit, Michigan

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    It's probably no surprise that Detroit, Michigan, is considered the worst city for families. The Motor City has the highest violent crime rate per capita as well as the largest percentage of families living below the poverty line. 

  • #2. Worst: Miami, Florida

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    Sure, there's plenty of sunshine, sand, and surf, but Miami, Florida, falls just below Manhattan when it comes to cities with the least affordable housing. 

  • #3. Worst: Birmingham, Alabama

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    Birmingham, Alabama, has the third highest divorce rate of the 150 cities studied by Wallet Hub. The southern state was also named one of the poorest places to live.

  • #4. Worst: Jackson, Mississippi

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    The capital of Mississippi, Jackson didn't fare well when it came to the quality of education and child care. 

  • #5. Worst: San Bernadino, California

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    San Bernadino is the poorest city in California, with a high percentage of families living below the poverty line. The closing of Norton Air Force Base in the mid-1990s resulted in a serious economic downturn for the region, from which it has yet to recover. 

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