The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US Cities / Towns
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The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US

List Criteria: Any U.S. city or town

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.

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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    most listed
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    California, USA

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    Idaho, USA

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