The 5 Best Family Friendly Cities

Best Family Friendly Places in the US

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Trying to find the best city to live in requires much research. The first step is knowing which questions to ask. Your best city may differ from your neighbor's quite easily. Everything depends on what you're looking for in a place. This 10-Step Exercise to Find Your Best Place to Live will help you narrow things down a bit.

But if you're wondering about the best place to move to in the US for your family, the researchers at Parenting Magazine have done some of the hard work for you. Here are their top-ranked American cities to live and raise a family in based on important criteria like affordable housing, low crime rates, an abundance of jobs, the existence of good schools as well as family-friendly parkland areas. Read on to find which cities made the top 5.

Number 5 - Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines is a city that is not only high on the list for families but is also a top city for young professionals, as it is plentiful in great jobs. And you'll also find Affordable Housing in Des Moines. This capital city also ranks highly for both education and health.

Number 4 - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

I know someone who moved to St.Paul five years ago to start a family, and he is absolutely sold on the place as a kid-friendly city to have your family grow up together in. This city of lakes is abundant in parkland with endless trails of paths for running or biking. In fact, St. Paul/Minneapolis has been named a Bike Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists. These twin cities also have bases covered in terms of sports and culture. Another plus? A great school system, with students ranking second only to Boston in reading and math scores.

Number 3 - Boston, Massachusetts

It's no secret that Boston takes its education seriously. In fact, the city's public school system spends $23,000 per student (the national average is $9,000). And of course, Boston also boasts a number of world-class medical institutions, with the Children's Hospital Boston and Brigham and Women's Hospital among them.

And if you want to enjoy all Boston has to offer but prefer to have your family also enjoy a slower pace of life, you could move to Milton, second best small town to live in in the U.S. Best of all, it is 12 miles from Boston.

Number 2 - Austin, Texas

The city of Austin is an all-rounder. Not only does it retain its second-place position from last year, but it also ranks Number 1 in Forbes's Best Big Cities to Get a Job. Other drawing factors include great year-round weather, a wonderful health system, a vibrant music scene, and plenty of park space.

Number 1 - Washington D.C.

Well, if it's good enough for the president's family, this city ought to tick some of those family-friendly boxes. The educational system is superb, and the city itself is a great teacher, with its abundant history, architecture, museums, and monuments. And then there are the arts - the city is the national center for the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet.

So there you have it - the top 5 cities to move your family too. Yours should definitely check out these family-friendly cities for your next move.