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The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US 

Stan Holton
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Updated June 14, 2019 6.4k votes 649 voters 15.9k views 71 items

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
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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 California, USA
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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA
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Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA
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Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA
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Boise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA
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Burlington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA
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Madison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA
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Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA
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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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Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA
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Provo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA
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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA
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Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Knoxville Tennessee, USA
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Sioux Falls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
South Dakota, USA
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Rochester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA
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Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Utah, USA
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Ogden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA
19
Greenville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Fultongamez added South Carolina, USA
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Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA
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Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA
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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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Youngstown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA
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Omaha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Nebraska, USA
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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Washington, USA