Children's Stuff The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US  

Stan Holton
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The best places to raise a family in the US are those thriving cities best suited so live when raising children. These United States cities are among the top ten cities to live in the US as well as the best places to raise children in the US. Using a various criteria, these American cities came in as the best to settle down in and start a family.

While everyone has their own reasons for why they'd settle down in a specific city and start a family, such as being close to a job or relatives, but this list uses other criteria to select the best places in the United States to raise a family. Factors such as the crime levels, quality of schools, economic stability, housing and local attractions were just a few of the characteristics considered when choosing the best places to raise children in the United States. It's no coincidence that these are also some of the cleanest cities in the United States and US cities with the best culture.

These cities are spread wide across the country with cities in the east like Boston, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine, through the midwest with Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, into the south with Raleigh, North Carolina, and Omaha, Nebraska, and out west with Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California, all making the cut as some of the best cities in the US to raise a family. Everywhere on this list is somewhere that's the best place to raise kids.  

What factors do you look for when selecting a city in which to raise children? Have a favorite city in which you've already raised a family? Vote for the best US cities to raise a family, add any that are missing or re-rank this list your way, all below.
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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Carlsbad California, USA

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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Diego California, USA

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Encinitas California, USA

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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Santa Barbara California, USA

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Seattle Washington, USA

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Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Palo Alto California, USA

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Los Angeles California, USA

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Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Santa Cruz California, USA

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Irvine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Irvine California, USA

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Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Santa Monica California, USA

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Laguna Niguel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Laguna Niguel California, USA

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Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Sacramento California, USA

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Alameda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Alameda California, USA

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Berkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Berkley Michigan, USA

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Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Long Beach California, USA

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Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Santa Clara California, USA

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Eugene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Eugene Oregon Oregon, USA

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Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Anaheim California, USA

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Portland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Portland Oregon, USA

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Medford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Medford Oregon Oregon, USA

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Santa Ana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Santa Ana California, USA

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Boise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Boise Idaho, USA

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Boston Massachusetts, USA

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Danville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Danville California, USA

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Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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Greenville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Greenville South Carolina, USA

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Bend is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Bend Oregon, USA

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Rochester is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Rochester New York, USA

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Burlington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Burlington Vermont, USA

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Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Syracuse New York, USA

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Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Indianapolis Indiana, USA

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Nashville Tennessee, USA

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Moraga is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Moraga California, USA

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Orinda is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Orinda California, USA

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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Columbus Ohio, USA

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Austin Texas, USA

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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minneapolis-Saint Paul Minnesota, USA

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Madison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Madison Wisconsin, USA

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Lafayette is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Lafayette California, USA

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Overland Park is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Overland Park Kansas, USA

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Omaha is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Omaha Nebraska, USA

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Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Buffalo New York, USA

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Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Grand Rapids Michigan, USA

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Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Charlotte North Carolina, USA

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Montclair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Montclair California, USA

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Provo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Provo Utah, USA

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Worcester is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Worcester Massachusetts, USA