These Are The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In America For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in the USA have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities to raise a family in America.

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Are you thinking about moving? If so, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a great place to live, especially if you have a family.

When you’re thinking about the best place to take your family, you probably want to keep in mind a number of factors.

According to the United States Census, Americans are moving towards more major cities, and away from the country. Why is that? Are we ever going to see a dividing line between the suburbs and downtowns?

And will we see ‘the best’ places to live remain suburbs, or will the best places to live get pushed out to the country one day?

So, where are the best cities for families in America? You may be surprised by the results. And, odds are, you won’t be able to afford to move there, either.

You’re probably thinking, ‘California must be pretty amazing.’ Well, the authors of this blog are from California, and while there is a good quality of life in many parts, the traffic and crime might overwhelm you.

As long as you stay in your little nook, you’ll be okay. Meaning, stay in your city, and you’ll love your little Cali bubble.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology or check out:

How do you determine which place is best for families in America anyways?

To determine which American cities are the best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. We’d all likely agree that safety, good schools, low crime and good jobs all play a factor. We included those, as well as a number of other factors.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the United States

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data, we looked at every single city in the U.S. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 100,000 people. That meant a total of 155 cities.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In America For 2019

Overland Park, KS

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now:Population: 186,147
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 80
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 29.8%
More on Overland Park: PhotosData

You may or may not be surprised by Overland Park’s ranking.
Despite the fact that it’s an under-the-radar place, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to raise kids within a long drive.

It’s relatively safe, families are comfortable, and there’s actually quite a bit to do within a short drive. Which means the kiddos won’t be bored every weekend.

Naperville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population Now:Population: 146,431
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 38.4%
More on Naperville: PhotosData

Naperville is the third least violent city in America, which means family life is far less stressful.

Worrying about the kids being safe can make living in a place a real pit, right?

Other reasons Naperville is great for families: it’s close to a major city, and there are plenty of libraries and colleges nearby.

Torrance, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now:Population: 147,190
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 29.5%
More on Torrance: PhotosData

Torrance is another awesome place to live – but also a crowded place.

It ranks 28th lowest in the U.S. for crimes within city limits, and ranks high in libraries per capita.

Plus, it’s pretty close to a major city, so you get the perks of living near a lot of people, but the benefits of small town amenities.

Green Bay, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population Now:Population: 104,796
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 75
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 29.2%
More on Green Bay: PhotosData

Next on our list, we arrive at the 4th-best place to raise kids in America with Green Bay.

Of course, you may not agree with the weather, and you may never imagine ever living here yourself, but it’s hard to deny the family-friendly factors that exist in Green Bay.

Simply put, don’t knock it till you try it.

Vancouver, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population Now:Population: 171,393
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 73
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Vancouver: PhotosData

Vancouver comes in as the 5th best place in America to raise kids.

A short distance from a major city helps, as does ranking 17th in America for educational opportunities and in the top half for safety.

There’s a reason people who live in Vancouver try and keep it a secret; no one wants the place to get run over by perfection-seeking families.

San Mateo, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now:Population: 103,500
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 73
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 28.5%
More on San Mateo: PhotosData

San Mateo has a lower than average crime rate (especially for highly congested areas), and it ranks 8th in the nation for number of libraries per capita.

Not too bad – but good luck finding a home for sale. Rumor has it there are all-cash bids where homes go in under 24 hours.

Yikes.

Fullerton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population Now:Population: 139,976
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Fullerton: PhotosData

While there aren’t too many libraries, there sure are a lot of colleges close by in Fullerton.

That is if you can stand the traffic to get to campus.

Other family-friendly factors: Great opportunities for jobs, modest housing prices (compared to the rest of the region) and great public schools.

Norman, OK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population Now:Population: 119,820
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 74
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 26.1%
More on Norman: PhotosData

There aren’t too many other places in America where households have kids at a higher percentage than Norman, OK.

Is that because it’s an awesome place to raise kids, or because of overpopulation?

Either way, there’s a lot to be envious of: Norman boasts the 30th lowest property crime rate, as well as the 20th highest incomes in America.

Tampa, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population Now:Population: 368,087

Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 100
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 24.4%
More on Tampa: PhotosData

There’s probably a reason 40% of the families in Tampa have kids. It’s a great place for people to settle down.

There are plenty of colleges here, and crime is far below average. The only thing you might have to deal with is traffic woes and high home prices.

Frisco, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population Now:Population: 155,363
Population Now:Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Population Now:Closest Major City:
Population Now:Households with kids: 51.1%
More on Frisco: PhotosData

Hey now, lookin’ good Frisco.

Home to some of the wealthiest and most successful residents, this is a great place to live if you can afford it.

The schools are great, the crime is low, and you can smell the money. If you can afford to live here, it’s pretty much peaches and rainbows.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In America

If you’re looking for a breakdown of American cities ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the cities in America that are probably great if you are single according to the data:

  1. North Charleston
  2. Pompano Beach
  3. St. Petersburg

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities To Raise A Family In America For 2019

City Rank Population Amenities Score
Overland Park, KS 1 186,147 62
Naperville, IL 2 146,431 54
Torrance, CA 3 147,190 45
Green Bay, WI 4 104,796 72
Vancouver, WA 5 171,393 72
San Mateo, CA 6 103,500 66
Fullerton, CA 7 139,976 50
Norman, OK 8 119,820 69
Tampa, FL 9 368,087 100
Frisco, TX 10 155,363 43
Fort Wayne, IN 11 262,450 83
Santa Ana, CA 12 334,493 83
Greeley, CO 13 100,760 56
Cary, NC 14 159,715 46
Ann Arbor, MI 15 119,303 106
Thousand Oaks, CA 16 128,909 64
Joliet, IL 17 148,172 50
Mckinney, TX 18 164,760 46
Virginia Beach, VA 19 450,057 76
Boston, MA 20 669,158 100
Santa Clarita, CA 21 209,489 57
Santa Maria, CA 22 104,791 41
Jurupa Valley, CA 23 102,202 70
Richardson, TX 24 111,055 52
Paterson, NJ 25 147,890 56
Sioux Falls, SD 26 170,401 81
Sunnyvale, CA 27 151,565 39
Simi Valley, CA 28 126,546 63
Laredo, TX 29 255,305 63
Corona, CA 30 163,585 52
El Cajon, CA 31 103,314 63
Yonkers, NY 32 200,999 48
Downey, CA 33 113,358 45
Broken Arrow, OK 34 106,264 59
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 35 174,573 63
Escondido, CA 36 150,783 49
Pasadena, TX 37 153,909 37
Chula Vista, CA 38 264,101 39
Scottsdale, AZ 39 239,283 72
Irving, TX 40 235,648 63
Worcester, MA 41 184,743 79
Provo, UT 42 116,199 55
High Point, NC 43 109,849 64
Denton, TX 44 131,097 60
Sacramento, CA 45 489,650 100
El Paso, TX 46 678,266 75
Oxnard, CA 47 206,732 60
Newark, NJ 48 282,803 86
Anaheim, CA 49 349,007 57
Cedar Rapids, IA 50 130,330 80
Round Rock, TX 51 116,369 35
Elk Grove, CA 52 166,228 52
Des Moines, IA 53 214,778 90
Visalia, CA 54 130,047 53
Fresno, CA 55 519,037 100
Davie, FL 56 101,543 49
Cincinnati, OH 57 298,957 100
Murrieta, CA 58 110,043 61
Newport News, VA 59 180,775 77
Spokane, WA 60 212,982 106
Tacoma, WA 61 207,280 100
Lansing, MI 62 115,222 75
Sterling Heights, MI 63 131,996 57
West Jordan, UT 64 111,937 73
Fort Collins, CO 65 159,150 83
Bakersfield, CA 66 372,680 68
Miramar, FL 67 136,415 55
Chesapeake, VA 68 235,410 50
Grand Prairie, TX 69 188,664 56
Colorado Springs, CO 70 450,000 84
Waco, TX 71 131,996 52
Pembroke Pines, FL 72 166,530 39
Allentown, PA 73 120,128 64
Pomona, CA 74 152,366 56
Dayton, OH 75 140,939 100
Rialto, CA 76 102,708 54
Syracuse, NY 77 144,405 73
Salinas, CA 78 156,811 67
Baton Rouge, LA 79 227,549 100
Orlando, FL 80 269,414 96
Tulsa, OK 81 401,352 100
Oceanside, CA 82 174,811 42
Pittsburgh, PA 83 305,012 100
Milwaukee, WI 84 599,086 100
Fort Worth, TX 85 835,129 96
Fort Lauderdale, FL 86 177,175 100
Tempe, AZ 87 178,339 70
San Bernardino, CA 88 215,252 67
West Covina, CA 89 107,786 38
Mesa, AZ 90 479,317 57
Seattle, WA 91 688,245 100
Fontana, CA 92 207,086 34
Inglewood, CA 93 111,006 43
Peoria, IL 94 115,424 69
Surprise, AZ 95 129,534 41
Glendale, AZ 96 241,543 59
New Orleans, LA 97 388,182 100
Hialeah, FL 98 237,523 59
Rockford, IL 99 148,640 68
Evansville, IN 100 119,806 80

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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In America For 2019

  1. At Fullerton City Council, Don Hoppe, Public Works Director recommended approving a new 5G Cell System to be installed throughout the city. The goal is to have these systems every 500 feet. Yet when asked if he has any safety or health information on these systems, his response is that he has not reviewed any health data nor does he even know if any such studies exist. Yes there are studies sir that warn of negative health consequences but you think it is okay to plaster these throughout every nook of the city. You think it is okay to state that you have done no due diligence on its possible negative health effects to the entire Fullerton community. Or maybe you have read such studies but you pretend to be ignorant just to get this passed and it did pass. Are you that stupid Director Hoppe and/or that corrupt and/or that uncaring about about the health of our community. We live in very dangerous times and unfortunately in many cases the risk is coming directly from our government.

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