10 Best -- & Worst -- Cities in America to Raise a Family (Is It Time to Move?)


Choosing the ideal place to raise your family is one of the biggest decisions we make as parents. After all, few things affect the quality of your family's life as much as where that life is being lived -- but how can you tell if your kids will thrive in the city of your dreams? WalletHub looked at a variety of factors, including the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health care systems, and "family fun" opportunities, and ranked the 150 most populated cities in the US in terms of just how family-friendly they truly are.


One of the most interesting things about these findings is that how the cities rated apparently had little to do with the region; great (and not-so-great) cities can be found all over the map. WalletHub's rankings took into consideration these five key factors:

  1. Family Fun: Everything from the number of playgrounds to the percentage of families with children under 17.
  2. Health & Safety: From air and water quality to violent crime stats.
  3. Education & Child Care: This included WalletHub's "School Systems" Ranking, as a well as factors like affordable childcare and the high school graduation rate.
  4. Affordability: Factors like housing and the cost of living.
  5. Socioeconomic Environment: This is all about the social environment, from divorce rate to the percentage of families living below the poverty line.


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Read on to find out if you should start browsing the real estate section now -- or if you're already in the perfect place to put down roots! (And check out the full list of cities and their rankings here.)


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