9. Rockville, MD
Parents in Rockville, MD pay a premium to live in this Washington D.C. suburb. Living costs may be higher than most cities, but children in Rockville get advantages that range from the city’s excellent school system to a wide collection of parks and athletic facilities. What makes Rockville one of the Best Cities for Families is the extremely low crime rate, high percentage of children in the community, and the focus schools in Rockville put on science and technology. Rockville has appeared twice on our annual Best Places to Live list. Rockville’s top employers include a number of science and information technology companies like Lockheed Martin, Westat and Kaiser Permanente.
Among the many things to do in Rockville, most activities are family-friendly. Rockville’s Town Center provides a hip urban setting with a hometown feel. Families gather at Rockville Town Square to splish and splash in a large fountain during summer months, or ice skate and admire the large Christmas tree during the holiday season. Also located downtown is the 100,000-square-foot Montgomery County Library, which features a large children’s section and teen homework area. A ballet troupe, chorus group and concert band routinely perform at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater.
Parents and children routinely use bicycles to get around town. Millennium Trail encircles the city connecting golf courses and parks to neighborhoods. The city keeps the playgrounds, walking trails and athletic fields in great shape, and families often utilize these amenities. Nestled on a 120-acre forest preserve is the Croydon Creek Nature Center, which allows children to interact with live animals. Many Rockville children attend summer camps organized by Montgomery County.