Snow Canyon State Park in St. George, Utah serves as a place where families and nature connect.

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#10. St. George

As the population of St. George, UT, continues to rise so does the percentage of kids. More and more families find St. George as an ideal city to raise their children, helping make it one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. A high percentage of kids, low crime, strong schools and a cost of living that’s below the national average help make St. George one of the Best Places for Families.

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The city’s top attractions appeal to a younger set. The St. George Dinosaur Discovery site allows children to literally follow the footprints of creatures that roamed the area more than 100 million years ago. Visitors to the Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum follow a quarter-mile mountain pathway that winds through the habitats of more than 300 species of animals. Youngsters find themselves surrounded by fun and educational experiences at the St. George Children’s Museum.

Downtown St. George offers a highly walkable environment with historic buildings. Families come to browse through shops, eat in one-of-a-kind restaurants and enjoy the many events held in downtown. The desert landscape, which includes red cliffs, sandstone bluffs and wide plateaus, provides beautiful views throughout the year. While there are plenty of challenging bike trails surrounding St. George, there are several easy trails that kids can conquer. With more than 15 marked trailheads, families can easily find a hiking trail that leads to majestic views of the city, follows the Virgin River or curves through forested areas. Fishing ponds, soccer fields, a skate park, and outdoor pool provide families with many opportunities to get out and have some fun.

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