United States The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US  

Stan Holton
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List Rules 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. 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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83 54
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty22 added California, USA

2
59 87
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

3
50 68
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty11 added California, USA

4
41 67
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Silicon Valley, California, USA

5
30 21
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA

6
27 18
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA

7
50 50
Boise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA

8
63 49
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

9
65 70
Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

10
22 35
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Michigan, USA

11
27 53
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

12
48 35
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

13
42 29
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA

14
25 51
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

15
50 39
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA

16
26 22
Rochester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

17
40 28
Madison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA

18
24 20
Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

19
24 52
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

20
56 68
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Washington, USA

21
29 77
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

22
28 48
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

23
23 25
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

24
18 49
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

25
12 38
Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

26
35 32
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

27
11 38
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

28
30 42
Worcester is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

29
26 52
Medford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

30
42 45
Provo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

31
32 32
Youngstown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

32
26 39
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Nebraska, USA

33
15 22
Greenville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Fultongamez added South Carolina, USA

34
15 45
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

35
27 47
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Tennessee, USA

36
39 45
Poughkeepsie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York City, New York, USA

37
14 25
Bend is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
MichaelTaus added Oregon, USA

38
27 32
Ogden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

39
41 73
Austin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Texas, USA

40
19 36
Portland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Oregon, USA

41
23 28
Sioux Falls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
South Dakota, USA

42
14 44
Alameda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

43
19 54
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

44
34 63
New York City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York, USA

45
8 39
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

46
17 43
Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

47
11 39
Santa Ana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

48
2 0
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Arizona, USA

49
2 0
Mesa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Arizona, USA

50
2 0
Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Utah, USA