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

2
61 75
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
63 103
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
40 24
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA

5
60 51
Boise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA

6
46 77
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
32 56
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
31 58
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

9
32 22
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA

10
69 52
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

11
73 78
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

12
54 37
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

13
29 57
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

14
47 31
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA

15
55 41
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA

16
23 42
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Michigan, USA

17
29 25
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
23 54
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

19
43 31
Madison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA

20
62 74
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Washington, USA

21
33 52
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

22
32 90
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

23
16 44
Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

24
44 35
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

25
25 26
Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

26
31 57
Medford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

27
20 24
Greenville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Fultongamez added South Carolina, USA

28
48 48
Provo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

29
30 42
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Nebraska, USA

30
24 32
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

31
31 50
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Tennessee, USA

32
11 44
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

33
16 50
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

34
34 35
Youngstown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

35
30 47
Worcester is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

36
9 1
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Tennessee, USA

37
29 29
Sioux Falls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
South Dakota, USA

38
44 75
Austin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Texas, USA

39
17 29
Bend is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
MichaelTaus added Oregon, USA

40
16 48
Alameda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

41
41 50
Poughkeepsie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York City, New York, USA

42
30 35
Ogden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

43
7 2
Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Utah, USA

44
20 59
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

45
5 1
Mesa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Arizona, USA

46
18 46
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
6 3
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Arizona, USA

48
9 40
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

49
8 43
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

50
10 24
Overland Park is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Kansas, USA