Best Places to Live

Families

Explore the best places to raise a family in America

If you’re reading this, you’re likely in one of two places: Considering settling down and starting a family, or currently raising a family and looking for a better place to do it in. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. These lists provide a data-driven look at cities that are not only great places for kids, but also for mom and dad.

  • 10 Best Places to Raise a Family

    Many of the key reasons Americans move revolve around doing what’s best for their families. We move at certain key stages – as we get married, as we have kids, as our kids become old enough for school, and as our kids head off to college.

    Ranking Criteria: Percentage of School Age Children (5-18), Ranking Criteria: Number of Parks, Ranking Criteria: Crime Rate, Ranking Criteria: Graduation Rate, Ranking Criteria: Quality of Schools in the Area, Ranking Criteria: Walk Score, Ranking Criteria: Average Commute Time, Ranking Criteria: Number of Libraries, Ranking Criteria: Percentage of Families in Poverty
  • 10 Best Cities for African Americans

    In nearly every news cycle there's a story about the struggles faced by African Americans in our nation’s cities. Sadly, no place has yet to solve all issues of inequality for its residents. However, many smaller to mid-sized U.S. cities offer more level playing fields than their larger counterparts. In this, our inaugural Top 10 Best Cities for African Americans, we spotlight communities that are great places for African Americans to live, work and play.

    Ranking Criteria: Percentage of African American Residents, Ranking Criteria: Income Equality, Ranking Criteria: Percentage of African American Homeowners, Ranking Criteria: Percentage of African Americans at or Below Poverty Line, Ranking Criteria: Percentage of New African American Residents, Ranking Criteria: Cost of Living Expenses, Ranking Criteria: Crime Rate, Ranking Criteria: WalkScore, Ranking Criteria: TV Viewing Habits
  • Best Affordable Places to Live

    Let’s get one thing clear from the outset: These are not the least expensive places to live in America. There are places where you can buy a home for pocket change, and whole towns that cost less than a home in Palo Alto, Calif. But if you ask the question “Would you want to live there?”, the answer is likely “No.” Instead, this is a list of affordable cities you’d actually want to live in.


    The 100 Best Places to Live 2016

    Ranking Criteria: Median Household Income, Ranking Criteria: Income Equality, Ranking Criteria: Consumer Spending, Ranking Criteria: Entertainment Options, Ranking Criteria: Economic Conditions
  • 10 Best Cities for Families

    Choosing where to raise your children is one of the most important housing decisions you'll make. The right community can help get kids started on the path to a thriving childhood. Access to great schools, parks, and lots of playmates can help keep kids happy and healthy. With that in mind, we surveyed more than 2,000 cities to find the Top 10 Best Cities for Families.

    Ranking Criteria: Households with Kids, Ranking Criteria: Crime Rate, Ranking Criteria: Children in Poverty, Ranking Criteria: Graduation Rate, Ranking Criteria: School Rankings, Ranking Criteria: Kids' Programs, Ranking Criteria: Cost of Living, Ranking Criteria: Commute Time, Ranking Criteria: WalkScore
  • Best Affordable Places to Live

    In our annual overall Best Places to Live list, many of the cities are a little on the pricey side. We get it. Not everyone can afford to live in a place like Palo Alto or Berkeley. They're great places but not for everyone. Therefore, we felt it was important to look at places that are more affordable. What follows isn’t merely a list of the cheapest places to live in America. We didn’t set out to find cities where you can live on the bare minimum. Ranking Criteria: Cost of Living, Ranking Criteria: Median Household Income, Ranking Criteria: Median Home Value, Ranking Criteria: LivScore

  • 10 Best Cities for Kids

    It’s only natural for parents to want what’s best for their kids and offer them every possible advantage. But depending on where you live, those advantages may be limited. Our picks for the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids give children opportunities to get a great education, live healthy lifestyles and engage in a multitude of activities with other kids.

    Ranking Criteria: Percentage of households with school-age children, Ranking Criteria: Environment, Ranking Criteria: Crime rate, Ranking Criteria: School ranking, Ranking Criteria: Cost of living, Ranking Criteria: Restaurants with kids' menus
  • 10 Best Children's Libraries

    A visit to the local library is one of the best ways to get a child interested in learning. At the most basic level, a children's library provides a collection of reading materials. Then there are libraries that go far beyond that. We've uncovered some of the country's most dynamic libraries for kids. These libraries are designed to stimulate young imaginations and foster engagement with books and literacy programs. They play a vital role in not only educating children, but getting them excited about books. 

    Ranking Criteria: Recognized children's programs, Ranking Criteria: Community outreach, Ranking Criteria: Visually appealing spaces, Ranking Criteria: Large media collections, Ranking Criteria: Use of new technology
  • 10 Best Pet Cities

    Pet lovers spent an estimated $50 billion on their pets in 2011 according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). That's an awful lot of doggie bones for Fido and scratching posts for Fluffy. Pets have become more like family members, so it's no wonder that more people are factoring in their pets when contemplating a move.

    Ranking Criteria: Dog parks, Ranking Criteria: Pet-friendly trails, Ranking Criteria: Pet stores, Ranking Criteria: Active animal welfare groups