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The 20 Best U.S. Cities To Raise a Family In (2022)

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One of the most important things you ask yourself when buying a new home or looking into a new city is whether or not it’s a nice place in which to raise a family. Location is important, schools are important and the crime rate is important. We all want our kids to play outside during the day, and we don’t want to worry about drugs and crime and other nefarious people. We want our kids to meet different people and experience different cultures. We want them to understand that people are different but similar and we want them to get to play sports and join teams and experience life – and we want to be able to afford it. That’s what all 20 of these cities have to offer families; healthcare, affordability, low crime rates and great schools.

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Youngstown, Ohio

There are a few things here that don’t work in favor of many but if you can get a good, stable job, you’re in the mix. The job market here isn’t impressive, and it’s actually a city that’s had some very difficult economic times over the past few years. However, the cost of living is very low. The crime rate is also very low, and the area is very lovely. This is what makes it such a nice place for families to call home. We are impressed with the area if you can get past the job market.

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Lincoln, Nebraska

Not far at all from Omaha, it only makes sense that this Midwestern city would make it onto the list of best places in which to raise a family. With good schools, a low cost of living and great health care available, it’s the kind of place in which many people love to call home. The families living here are among the happiest in the nation with all that’s available to the parents and the kids as far as entertainment and things that are of interest.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Of course this is one of the best places to raise a family. It’s the place that technically started our family, and it holds a very fond memory for me. The city is beautiful, the culture is spectacular and the cost of living is not quite as high as you might think. It’s hard to feel stressed or unhappy somewhere with beautiful mountains and gorgeous beaches, and with people so friendly. The crime rate is low and the job market is booming.

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

There are some cities in this state that rank among the worst in the country as far as crime and the amount of money women are paid in comparison to men, but this is a city that has it all and we are not talking about a high crime rate. The cost of living and income balance well and the crime rate is low. People here are very happy to raise their kids in the area, and there is so much to do that you will never find time to be bored or out of ideas.

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Madison, Wisconsin

The Wisconsin area in general is a lovely, active place. There is a great deal of active lifestyle interests available for most people, and it’s the kind of place in which you can just get lost in all there is to do. With good jobs available, low crime rates to worry parents and good schools, Wisconsin was a shoe-in to make it onto the list of places you might want to go to raise a family. The people living here are very happy with their choice in home.

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St. Paul Minnesota

It’s smaller than Minneapolis, and it’s a lot more conducive to raising a family. This is a location in which you can go to make friends, to get a good education and to enjoy an active lifestyle. Many people are completely unaware of the fact that there is so much here to do outdoors, especially since it can be quite cold and brutal all winter, but it’s the kind of deal people just love. The crime rate is low and the cost of living is compatible with the income for average households.

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Fremont, California

It’s not too often that a place in California is called affordable, since it’s often one of the most expensive places in which to live. However, when you take into consideration the average family income here and compare it to eh cost of living, it’s fair. The schools are good, the crime rate is low, and the healthy lifestyle that’s so popular here helps families live a long time and encourages them to get out and enjoy their lives together. It’s almost like a place to bond.

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Boise, Idaho

Midwestern states make for good family-raising. They’re comfortable and they’re down-to-earth, and they have a lot more to offer than so many people might think. The schools here are some of the best in the country, and the crime rate is statistically low. There is a good mixture of cost of living and income, so most families are comfortable more so than desolate and miserable. It’s a great place in which to raise a family.

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Burlington, Vermont

It’s popular for skiers and winter vacationers, so why not for families? For a place that there are so many visitors, there is a very low crime rate in Burlington, and most people are just quite happy here as a whole. Between the cost of living, the available jobs and income potential, the schools and the level of happiness of the people living here, it’s a great place to call home and a beautiful place to enjoy.

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Raleigh, North Carolina

The good news about this lovely city is that has a strong economy and a very low crime rate. It helps that it’s located in North Carolina, where people are friendly and wonderful, where southern hospitality abounds. It’s one of the loveliest communities in which to raise a family, and that’s why so many people choose to do just that. With so much to offer, it’s amazing that more people don’t live here and raise their kids in a city that feels like a small town.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming

Wyoming offers a very different way of life in some ways and not in others. Cheyenne is a bigger area in the state, and it has much of the same thing as any other city across the country. The main difference is that the way of life here is a lot different in terms of relaxation. Outdoor work, such as farming, is big here. And that means people are up early, they work hard all day, and they enjoy their evenings. The crime is almost nonexistent, the people are friendly and the way of life makes families close.

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Provo, Utah

Okay, so it’s not cheap to live in Provo. The good news is that those with jobs in this area find that they are paid significantly to work, so they can easily afford the expensive housing. It’s not an issue that many people have when it comes to living here, and the crime rate is brag-worthy. Kids have plenty of options as far as schools and extracurricular activities are concerned, and parents also have a large number of things available for themselves as well.

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Omaha, Nebraska

Much like other cities on this list, most of the people residing in Omaha are actual homeowners. It’s actually the third largest population of homeowners in the country and the cost of living is quite low. In fact, the more people that live here, the more it grows as a family-based area. The schools offer a challenging curriculum and the kids here are successful in their school life. It is, overall, a very happy place to live and reside.

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Cincinnati, Ohio

Ohio has some issues of its own, but Cincinnati is one of the best places in the country in which to raise your kids. It’s a great family city with so much to offer. For a bigger city, it’s not nearly as congested as other cities. It’s not a pain, the cost of living computes with the earning potential of most residents, and the crime rate is low for a big city. There’s also a lot to do here, which makes it even more appealing to people with kids.

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Des Moines, Iowa

What makes this place a great one to live is the fact that most commutes are pretty short and smooth. And as anyone who spends any significant amount of time in traffic can tell you, that’s an impressive feat. The cost of living versus the income here is good, and the crime rate is relatively low. I know a family from Des Moines with several kids and they are very happy where they are, and they have a wonderful time doing what they love to do most, which is traveling and enjoying life as a whole. They agree that it’s a happy place.

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Ogden, Utah

Once you put aside the fact that women that work here make far less than men that work in the city, you might be surprised to find that it’s a wonderful place in which to raise a family. The schools are good, the economic climate here is favorable and the people are just downright friendly and welcoming. The crime rate is low, people here make a lot of money but the cost of living is quite low. Essentially, you get a lot more for your money.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

What people love about this area is that the cost of living is very low. While most households earn less than $50,000 per year, the vast majority of people who reside here are homeowners. To be very specific, this is the city in which more people than anywhere else own their homes (77% to be precise). It’s a great place to raise kids because of all the parks, the friendly nature and the fact that so many of the people who live here have kids of their own.

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Lexington, Kentucky

The south is a great place in which to raise a family. Southern towns are friendly and they’re the kinds of places in which everyone knows everyone. You watch out for your neighbors and you thoroughly enjoy the things you do and the people with whom you spend your time. Lexington is very close to Ohio, but it’s also a southern city in many ways. The crime rate is quite low, the schools are good and there is so much to offer as far as everything else you might want for your family.

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Jersey City, New Jersey

It’s a little surprising to some to see a city in Jersey on the list, but it’s a nice place to live. The people who live here know this, and the people who’ve never been will probably never find out because they won’t take the time to really get to know what places like this have to offer. In terms of cost of living and income potential, things are pretty even. Additionally, the schools here are good, the neighborhoods pretty and families quite happy.

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Austin, Texas

Austin is such a diverse city; it’s hard to imagine not wanting to raise a child there. A city filled with history and so many cultures, it’s perfect for educating children about the differences in the world. It’s also a great place to raise kids because there are good schools, the cost of living is low in comparison the average household income and the crime rate is not high at all. It’s a beautiful community in which many people happily raise their children and hope that their children raise their grandchildren.

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Written by Tiffany Raiford