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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 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
taty11 added 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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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Encinitas 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
fad34fd added San Luis Obispo California, USA

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

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

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Elise Hennigan added Los Angeles California, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eugene is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Eugene Oregon Oregon, USA

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

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

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Berkley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Berkley Michigan, USA

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

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

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

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Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Anaheim California, 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
fad34fd added Santa Ana California, USA

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Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Santa Clara California, 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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Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA

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Bend is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
MichaelTaus added Bend Oregon, USA

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

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

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Greenville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Fultongamez added Greenville South Carolina, USA

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Nashville Tennessee, USA

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Danville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
cazaresil added Danville California, USA

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

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

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 36 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) 37 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) 38 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Madison Wisconsin, USA

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

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Moraga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
cazaresil added Moraga California, USA

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

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Overland Park is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Overland Park Kansas, USA

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Oklahoma City is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Oklahoma City Oklahoma, 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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Orinda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
cazaresil added Orinda California, USA

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Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Buffalo New York, USA

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Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
tp20 added Charlotte North Carolina, USA

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

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Poughkeepsie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Poughkeepsie New York City, New York, USA

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