Here are the cities that ranked among the best and worst places to raise a family
Whether moving to be near family or relocating for a job, moving is common. Take the pandemic, for instance. The housing market saw a huge spike in the number of moves as people relocated from big cities to avoid COVID-19. According to data obtained by USPS, almost 16 million people moved during the pandemic.
And even though life is getting back to normal, people are still moving. The pandemic showed companies the possibilities of remote work. With some employees no longer having to live close to their office, their residential options are endless. That said, before you pack up your family and move to somewhere new, do your research.
To help families decide where to live, WalletHub compared over 180 cities to find the best and worst cities to raise a family. Here’s what they found:
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Best Cities for Families
Overland Park, KansasFremont, CaliforniaIrvine, CaliforniaPlano, TexasColumbia, MarylandSouth Burlington, VermontSeattleScottsdale, ArizonaGilbert, ArizonaMadison, Wisconsin
Worst Cities for Families
Montgomery, AlabamaMiamiSan Bernardino, California Wilmington, DelewareBirmingham, AlabamaNewark, New JerseyHialeah, FloridaMemphis, TennesseeClevelandDetroit
To rank these cities, WalletHub focused on five dimensions: family fun, health and safety, education and child care and affordability. They even took it a step further and highlighted the cities that feature must-have family attractions and other important family-friendly considerations.
Most Playgrounds Per Capita
New York CityChicagoMadison, Wisconsin PhiladelphiaJacksonville, Florida
Highest Median Family Salary
Overland Park, KansasPlano, TexasScottsdale, ArizonaGibert, ArizonaColumbia, Maryland
Most Affordable Housing
Cedar Rapids, IowaAkron, OhioPittsburghOverland Park, KansasDes Monies, Iowa
Lowest Violent-Crime Rate per Capita
Irvine, CaliforniaWarwick, Rhode IslandGilbert, ArizonaSouth Burlington, VermontGlendale, California
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