Culture 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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105 75
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty22 added California, USA

2
79 89
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
77 55
Boise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA

4
72 131
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

5
71 40
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA

6
51 35
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA

7
40 68
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

8
51 88
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Silicon Valley, California, USA

9
86 89
Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

10
36 68
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

11
41 32
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA

12
65 46
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA

13
62 43
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

14
33 67
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

15
54 37
Madison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA

16
27 49
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Michigan, USA

17
37 34
Rochester is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

18
73 60
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

19
27 62
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

20
38 60
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

21
52 40
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

22
70 87
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Washington, USA

23
33 33
Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

24
36 105
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

25
18 53
Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA