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Top 10 Best Cities for Families

based on the quality of schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs and parkland

Many parents don't have the opportunity to choose where they want to raise their children—job location and finances usually dictate where we set roots. But if you were given the choice of anywhere in the United States to settle down, where would you go? There are countless cities to choose from with diverse cultural experiences, varying approaches to education and distinct climates and geography. With so many options, choosing the best spot for your kids can seem like an overwhelming task. But, certain cities rise to the top as particularly great places to raise a family when you look at specific factors such as health, economy, culture or safety. We decided to examine 36 sets of data and what we found may surprise you. Below are the results of our third annual Best Cities for Families based on ranking 100 cities using nearly 4,000 pieces of data.

Portland Ranked #3

New to this year's list, Portland is another small, northeastern city that lures parents with clean air, plenty of outdoor space for kids to playand a laidback lifestyle that encourages healthy, active family living. Low crime and easy commuting make this coastal town an inviting locale for working families. It also snagged third place in education rankings. Are you a locavore family? The Public Market House exemplifies the community aspect of living in Portland with its commitment to supporting small businesses and fresh Maine produce. Want an easy family vacation? A three-hour drive brings you to one of our country’s most beautiful wonders, Acadia National Park, where kids can take part in a Junior Ranger Program or various other children's programming. Away from the hustle of the big urban centers of the Northeast, Portland is a tranquil kid-friendly city to call home.

By Sara Vignerifor

Parenting Magazine


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