You want a place that is safe, affordable and offers many opportunities for family fun. Every year, newspapers and magazines come up with lists of the best places to raise kids in America and there are a few cities that seem to appear on every one. Places like Des Moines, Syracuse and even Pittsburgh always seem to win out over their much bigger competitors like New York or L.A.
Affordable housing is one of the factors that helps places like Pittsburgh edge ahead of the bigger metropolitan areas. Crime is another category where a place like Des Moines has it all over New York or Chicago. Convenience is another factor and that is why you will find Syracuse on many lists. The average commute is about five minutes which means more time at home to spend with the kids. Ideas for building stronger family relationships can be found at sussa.org.
One location that has been making a real surge in recent years is Louisville, Kentucky. Parenting Magazine recently put the town in the top ten of places to live with kids. Entertainment options and great parks were two of the reasons cited for why Louisville is a good choice. Washington D.C. was number one on the Parenting Magazine list because of a strong school system and the abundance of museums.
Choices about relocating a family can pose great challenges. The decision can become easier if you know you are moving into an area where your children will be safe and have excellent opportunities for growth. It is also nice to know that there will be plenty of opportunities for family fun.