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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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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA
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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty22 added California, USA
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Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA
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Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA
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Boise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA
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Burlington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA
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Madison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA
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Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA
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Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA
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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, 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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Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Tennessee, USA
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Rochester is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA
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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty11 added California, USA
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Salt Lake City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Utah, USA
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Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA
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Greenville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Fultongamez added South Carolina, USA
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Sioux Falls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
South Dakota, USA
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Ogden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA
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Youngstown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA
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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Washington, USA
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Poughkeepsie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York City, New York, 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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Naperville is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Illinois, USA