The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In America For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in the USA have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities to raise a family in America.

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Are you thinking about moving? If so, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a great place to live, especially if you have a family.

When you’re thinking about the best place to take your family, you probably want to keep in mind a number of factors.

According to the United States Census, Americans are moving towards more major cities, and away from the country. Why is that? Are we ever going to see a dividing line between the suburbs and downtowns?

And will we see ‘the best’ places to live remain suburbs, or will the best places to live get pushed out to the country one day?

So, where are the best cities for families in America? You may be surprised by the results. And, odds are, you won’t be able to afford to move there, either.

You’re probably thinking, ‘California must be pretty amazing.’ Well, the authors of this blog are from California, and while there is a good quality of life in many parts, the traffic and crime might overwhelm you.

As long as you stay in your little nook, you’ll be okay. Meaning, stay in your city, and you’ll love your little Cali bubble.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology or check out:

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In America For 2021

Torrance, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 145,492
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 31.0%
More on Torrance: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

San Mateo, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 104,333
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 30.4%
More on San Mateo: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Olathe, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 137,618
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 42.1%
More on Olathe: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Green Bay, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 104,777
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 77
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 31.4%
More on Green Bay: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Tampa, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 387,916

Family Friendly Amenities Score: 100
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 27.5%
More on Tampa: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 101,905
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 35.8%
More on Meridian: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Allen, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 101,699
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 47.4%
More on Allen: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Santa Ana, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 332,794
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 98
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 48.9%
More on Santa Ana: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Virginia Beach, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 450,201
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Virginia Beach: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Fullerton, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 139,611
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City:
Households with kids: 32.5%
More on Fullerton: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

How do you determine which place is best for families in America anyways?

To determine which American cities are the best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. We’d all likely agree that safety, good schools, low crime and good jobs all play a factor. We included those, as well as a number of other factors.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the United States

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data, we looked at every single city in the U.S. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 100,000 people. That meant a total of 190 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In America

If you’re looking for a breakdown of American cities ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Alrighty, so there they are, our most family friendly cities in America. These are the places outside of major metro areas where you can safely, affordably and enjoyably start a family and live well.

Of course, you could raise your kid in a really big city. Some people choose to do so and thrive. But the reality of the situation is less and less Americans are raising families in the big cities these days.

Here’s a look at the cities in America that are probably great if you are single according to the data:

  1. North Charleston
  2. Pompano Beach
  3. St. Petersburg

For more reading, check out:

Best Cities To Raise A Family In America For 2021

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Torrance, CA 145,492 44
2 San Mateo, CA 104,333 60
3 Olathe, KS 137,618 48
4 Green Bay, WI 104,777 74
5 Tampa, FL 387,916 100
6 Meridian, ID 101,905 40
7 Allen, TX 101,699 36
8 Santa Ana, CA 332,794 78
9 Virginia Beach, VA 450,201 83
10 Fullerton, CA 139,611 70
11 Norman, OK 122,837 77
12 Raleigh, NC 464,485 100
13 Greeley, CO 105,888 83
14 Ann Arbor, MI 120,735 91
15 Fort Wayne, IN 265,752 106
16 Clearwater, FL 115,159 65
17 Santa Clarita, CA 213,411 52
18 Newark, NJ 281,054 72
19 Santa Clara, CA 127,721 38
20 Laredo, TX 259,151 54
21 Jurupa Valley, CA 105,653 65
22 Thornton, CO 136,868 43
23 Mckinney, TX 182,055 39
24 Hayward, CA 159,293 54
25 Thousand Oaks, CA 127,873 34
26 Simi Valley, CA 125,842 50
27 Yonkers, NY 199,968 42
28 Downey, CA 112,322 52
29 Pueblo, CO 110,841 66
30 Boulder, CO 106,392 86
31 Richardson, TX 116,432 58
32 Charleston, SC 135,257 100
33 Oxnard, CA 208,154 64
34 Paterson, NJ 145,710 66
35 Irvine, CA 273,157 56
36 El Cajon, CA 103,186 56
37 Hartford, CT 123,088 70
38 Clovis, CA 109,160 62
39 Scottsdale, AZ 250,602 63
40 Chandler, AZ 252,692 73
41 Murrieta, CA 112,941 36
42 Lowell, MA 111,306 74
43 Corona, CA 166,972 49
44 Newport News, VA 179,673 77
45 Sioux Falls, SD 177,117 95
46 Denton, TX 136,195 44
47 Carlsbad, CA 114,253 65
48 Peoria, AZ 168,196 46
49 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 176,379 51
50 Escondido, CA 151,300 50
51 Reno, NV 246,500 93
52 Norfolk, VA 244,601 100
53 Round Rock, TX 124,434 38
54 Miramar, FL 139,468 52
55 West Jordan, UT 114,138 55
56 Anaheim, CA 349,964 62
57 Norwalk, CA 105,304 36
58 El Monte, CA 115,517 46
59 Elk Grove, CA 170,825 54
60 Grand Rapids, MI 198,401 84
61 Chula Vista, CA 268,920 48
62 Grand Prairie, TX 192,565 52
63 Pearland, TX 122,078 58
64 Provo, UT 116,403 53
65 Lewisville, TX 106,386 62
66 Worcester, MA 185,143 64
67 Miami, FL 454,279 100
68 Sunnyvale, CA 152,770 61
69 Cincinnati, OH 301,394 100
70 Allentown, PA 120,915 51
71 Vancouver, WA 180,556 64
72 Irving, TX 239,783 49
73 Pasadena, TX 153,350 51
74 Westminster, CO 112,962 41
75 Omaha, NE 475,862 100
76 Broken Arrow, OK 108,496 59
77 Waterbury, CT 108,276 53
78 High Point, NC 111,714 44
79 Sterling Heights, MI 132,476 61
80 Sacramento, CA 500,930 92
81 Cedar Rapids, IA 132,301 69
82 Providence, RI 179,494 78
83 Tacoma, WA 212,869 100
84 Milwaukee, WI 594,548 100
85 Joliet, IL 147,826 57
86 Chesapeake, VA 239,982 67
87 Salinas, CA 156,143 68
88 Murfreesboro, TN 136,366 68
89 Visalia, CA 132,104 53
90 Las Cruces, NM 102,102 63
91 Pomona, CA 152,209 54
92 Fort Collins, CO 165,609 77
93 Santa Rosa, CA 179,701 58
94 Garland, TX 238,418 45
95 Manchester, NH 112,109 63
96 Baton Rouge, LA 224,149 95
97 Waco, TX 135,858 63
98 Lansing, MI 117,159 86
99 Bakersfield, CA 377,917 96
100 Albuquerque, NM 559,374 100

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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  1. At Fullerton City Council, Don Hoppe, Public Works Director recommended approving a new 5G Cell System to be installed throughout the city. The goal is to have these systems every 500 feet. Yet when asked if he has any safety or health information on these systems, his response is that he has not reviewed any health data nor does he even know if any such studies exist. Yes there are studies sir that warn of negative health consequences but you think it is okay to plaster these throughout every nook of the city. You think it is okay to state that you have done no due diligence on its possible negative health effects to the entire Fullerton community. Or maybe you have read such studies but you pretend to be ignorant just to get this passed and it did pass. Are you that stupid Director Hoppe and/or that corrupt and/or that uncaring about about the health of our community. We live in very dangerous times and unfortunately in many cases the risk is coming directly from our government.

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