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Which U.S. Cities are the Most Family-Friendly? Here's a Top 10

Real estate company ranks cities based on schools, safety and cost of living. See where yours falls on the list.


Raising a family is a big part of a lot of people's lives. And where you choose to live as a single person or a young couple will probably change when you have kids. Children make you look more closely at things safety, the quality of schools, even the cost of living.

The real estate company Homes.com has put together a list of the country's most Family-Friendly Cities, the best cities, they say, for raising children. They compared the 50 largest U.S. cities based on six key indicators related to family life: school quality, cost of living, safety, availability of childcare and parks, and length of commute.

The top 10 most family friendly cities are:

  1. Virginia Beach, VA
  2. Raleigh, NC
  3. Charlotte, NC
  4. Tampa, FL
  5. Louisville, KY
  6. New Orleans, LA
  7. Orlando, FL
  8. Richmond, VA
  9. Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Atlanta, GA

Among the bottom-ranking cities were: New York, San Francisco, Memphis, Chicago and Philadelphia, mostly because of low safety scores and high cost of living.

The top 10 is dominated by cities in the South, except for Pittsburgh at #9. Homes.com says the top 10 scored well because of above average schools and low costs of living which make them more ideal for families.

Click here to read the whole list of family-friendly cities, including how each ranked in the individual categories.

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