Top 10 family-friendly cities
Cities across the country are working to improve the quality of life for all residents, but many are striving to become more attractive to young families in particular.
According to Apartment List, there are 10 stand-out cities in this regard. The site’s researchers analyzed nearly 500 American metro areas based on four factors they felt were most important to young families: Safety, housing cost, school quality and child friendliness.
After crunching the numbers, it was discovered that four of the top ten cities were located in the Dallas metro area, and that in general, small to mid-sized cities in affordable states like Idaho, Arizona and Kansas were particularly welcoming.
Overall, large cities tended to fair poorly. Housing tends to be more expensive, crime rates are higher and education scores are much lower than their surrounding suburbs. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco all received a B- or worse. American City & County’s home, Atlanta, received an F.
Check out the top 10 family-friendly cities in the gallery above, and visit Apartment List’s research page to view the complete study, as well as a detailed breakdown of their methodology.