Parenting 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
taty22 added California, USA

2
66 78
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty11 added California, USA

3
66 106
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

4
65 51
Boise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA

5
45 26
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA

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47 81
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Silicon Valley, California, USA

7
34 60
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

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33 62
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

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36 26
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA

10
78 82
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

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61 42
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA

12
52 33
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA

13
30 60
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

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25 43
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Michigan, USA

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57 40
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

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70 56
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

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25 56
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

18
32 29
Rochester is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

19
35 94
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

20
13 1
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Tennessee, USA

21
45 33
Madison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA

22
35 55
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

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29 28
Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

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17 46
Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

25
47 36
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA