There's no getting around it: the places where we grow up have a profound effect on us. Our hometowns help shape our personality and our world views, not to mention our oldest friendships and the things we do for fun.
With this in mind, Livability's data scientists and editors once again searched the country for the absolute best places to raise a family.
We gathered data on affordable childcare, quality of local schools, transportation options, cost of living, and number of parks and libraries.
Then, to really get at the heart of what makes these communities so exceptional, we chatted with true local “experts” — kids from each city — about why they love growing up there.
(And we think you'll agree their quotes are priceless.)
Whether you're looking for a new place for your family to call home or are just curious about what kind of cities fit the bill as "family-friendly" in 2018, we are thrilled to announce this year's ranking of the 10 Best Places to Raise a Family.
Click here to find out which cities made the cut.