You’re ready for a fresh start, and it’s time to move to a great place for raising your family, but where should you go? The best cities to raise a family offer plenty of green space for imaginative play, diverse employment opportunities, top-rated schools, affordable housing and safe communities.
Learn more about five of the best cities to call home:
1. Suwanee, Georgia
If you dream of living near a large city, visit Atlanta’s northern suburbs. Suwanee residents enjoy big yards, low crime rates and schools with a variety of accolades. Downtown Atlanta is a manageable 45-minute commute away, as well. However, for those who want to work closer to home, the manufacturing industry thrives in the suburbs. As a bonus, the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Lanier are nearby for family weekend hikes and boating adventures. With high-ranking public schools and average test scores that are 43 percent higher than the national average, you can find a home in this suburban city for around $235,800.
2. Boston, Massachusetts
Parenting recommends Boston as a great family-friendly city to raise one or two children in. The city brims with historical and cultural learning opportunities, alongside top-notch schools and colleges (its fourth through eighth graders’ test scores, for example, are number one in the country). For a city, Boston has a surprising amount of green space and oceanfront play areas for kids to experience nature. For parents, a booming technology and start-up industry offers a host of exciting job opportunities. If you’re looking for a home in this city, you can expect to pay an average price of $379,500.
3. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Known as an artsy area with quality schools such as the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh is filled with homeowners who love the city. It’s not uncommon for college students to stay in the area after graduation due to the amenities and opportunities in this family-friendly city. You can explore the three rivers, ride the Kennywood wooden roller coaster and watch a Pirates ball game at PNC Park with the whole family in tow. Urban homes in Pittsburgh run at a more affordable average than the rest of the state, at approximately $91,500.
4. Toledo, Ohio
Toledo is one of the most affordable cities in the U.S. According to the Economic Policy Institute, a family of four needs less than $60,000 in annual income to meet basic needs, including child care, food, rent and transportation. Better yet, if your family is a two-parent and two-child family, your total cost of living would be 6.1 percent less than the median family budget, making it a great location to save up for your first family home. Best of all, if you have any budding performers in the family, there’s no need to send your child to an expensive, private school — the Toledo School for the Arts, a public charter school, is top-ranking in test scores and how well it prepares high school students for college. The median price of a home in Toledo is $80,600.
5. Corona, California
Head to the suburbs on the outskirts of Los Angeles and you’ll find communities brimming with young families and children playing outdoors. Corona is located near Riverside at the foot of the Santa Ana Mountains and offers commuters an easy trek to San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Irvine. The U.S. News and World Report highlighted Santiago High, one of the best high schools in the area, for its high test scores and college prep programs, so if you want to enroll your children in an excellent school, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking to settle down in Corona, you can expect to pay an average price of $335,000.
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