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The 100 best cities to raise a family

Raising children in a family-centric city is all about location, with the most ideal spots providing safety, education, recreation, and affordability. However, finding the right one with nearly 20,000 incorporated cities, towns, and villages across America can be daunting, which is why Stacker collected data from national review and ranking site Niche to compile a list of the top 100 locations to raise a family.

Some criteria considered in ranking the best 100 cities included crime, public schools, college graduation rates, cost of living, family amenities, outdoor recreation, transportation, diversity, walkability. While Niche primarily sourced data from the U.S. Census Bureau data, other city details came from the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI, and other specific amenities, programs, and demographics links.

In the list of cities, Stacker also included the population, median home value, median rent, and median household income for each of the top 100 best cities. While Texas and California boast four cities each in the top 20, an Illinois city 33 miles west of Chicago claims the top spot.

Six of the 10 cities in the U.S. with populations over 1,000,000 made the list, showing that big cities are a great place to raise a family, offering a wealth of historic sites, museums, top schools, and parks to entertain parents and children alike. High walkability scores, rapidly improving school systems, and falling crime rates have cities like Dallas and New York and their vibrant culture among the nation’s best for families. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Columbia, Maryland earns the title of the smallest city on the list, with just over 103,000 residents centrally located between Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.

Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia are represented, while New Jersey was the most populous state without a city in the top 100. If you're hunting for the perfect place to lay down roots, be sure to keep reading to discover the most 100 highly rated cities for raising a family.

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#100. Colorado Springs, Colorado

- Population: 450,000
- Median home value: $233,100 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,013 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $58,158

Families with youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade might consider neighborhoods served by the Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The school in 2019 ranked better than 89.5% of elementary schools in the state. Clans of all ages can enjoy the city’s Garden of the Gods, which features towering red rock formations, or they can immerse themselves in history and nature through the city's cultural services.

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#99. Fort Wayne, Indiana

- Population: 262,450
- Median home value: $106,500 (62% own)
- Median rent: $708 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $45,853

The Northeast Indiana community of Fort Wayne is rated the city with the lowest cost of living in America. Families have numerous options for entertainment and attractions in Fort Wayne, including the city’s namesake 40-acre children’s zoo. Combat Ops Arena is Fort Wayne’s newest family entertainment center. Fort Wayne Community Schools offers early childhood educational opportunities.

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#98. Tulsa, Oklahoma

- Population: 401,352
- Median home value: $129,000 (51% own)
- Median rent: $784 (49% rent)
- Median household income: $44,577

Tulsa’s family-friendly arts and recreation comprises an area zoo, museum, a performing arts center, and a library, which hosted up to 176 community-wide events in 2019. With up to 135 parks and trails throughout the city, located along the Arkansas River, families have acres of land for year-round exercise and recreation. The former oil capital, renowned for its churches and architecture, comprises midtown neighborhoods, popular among young couples and families who seek city life with a suburban feel.

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#97. Green Bay, Wisconsin

- Population: 104,796
- Median home value: $127,300 (56% own)
- Median rent: $682 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $45,473

This Wisconsin city, named for its location at the southern end of an arm of Lake Michigan, is home to the Green Bay Packers football team and nearby National Railroad Museum. Crime rates in Green Bay are close to the national average, and the city's cost-of-living index is 91.6—less than the U.S. average of 100. Serving the community, nearby West De Pere High School gets the area's highest ranking for high schools.

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#96. San Jose, California

- Population: 1,023,031
- Median home value: $714,200 (57% own)
- Median rent: $1,822 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $96,662

The Bay Area California City of San Jose is considered one of the most diverse communities in the nation. Considered the hub of the region's Silicon Valley, San Jose also has one of the highest costs of living in the country, with median household incomes approaching $123,000—80% higher than the national average. With more than 31,000 students, San Jose’s school district is home to many highly regarded elementary and high schools.

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#95. Clarksville, Tennessee

- Population: 147,771
- Median home value: $143,400 (53% own)
- Median rent: $930 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $51,164

The north Tennessee city of Clarksville in Montgomery County garners high grades for its public education, with Hazelwood Elementary School leading the pack. Families can share interactive experiences at the Custom House Museum and Cultural Center, home to one of the largest model railroad layouts in the region.

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#94. Reno, Nevada

- Population: 239,732
- Median home value: $265,600 (47% own)
- Median rent: $906 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $52,106

Packed with plenty of family events and attractions like the Animal Ark, and with the beautiful Lake Tahoe less than 40 miles from its doorstep, Reno is much more than a gambler's paradise. Its schools get high marks as well: Ranked the #1 school in Nevada, the Davidson Academy in Reno is structured to serve profoundly gifted middle and high school students, while Reno High School made the #4 rank for public high schools in the state.

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#93. Atlanta, Georgia

- Population: 465,230
- Median home value: $238,700 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,037 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $51,701

Georgia’s capital and most populated city has more than 3,000 acres of parkland accompanied by up to 33 recreational centers filled with family-friendly opportunities. Niche rates Atlanta’s top three school districts, Buford City, Forsyth County, and Decatur City, with an overall grade of A+. USA Today reports how “history and art take center stage” in Atlanta’s museums, while great fun and education are found at the Georgia Aquarium, the second largest marine exhibit in the world. Add in the affordable cost of living, and Atlanta gets more appealing.

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#92. Denver, Colorado

- Population: 678,467
- Median home value: $322,900 (50% own)
- Median rent: $1,131 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $60,098

While the consolidated city-county of Denver, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, ranks as one of the 100 best cities to raise a family, it also rates #24 out of 228 by Niche for the healthiest cities in America. Aside from its many ski slopes, the Mile High City also offers kid-centric zoos, museums, and parks, teen action with amusement parks, shopping malls, and pro-sport teams, and adult-fun including the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, featuring a vibrant concert and nightlife scene.

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#91. Columbus, Ohio

- Population: 852,144
- Median home value: $136,500 (45% own)
- Median rent: $889 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $49,478

The capital city of Ohio offers family-friendly adventures on both sides of the Scioto River. The Scioto Mile is an urban oasis with 175 acres of parkland in the downtown area, complete with a 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain and the country's largest free outdoor climbing wall. Columbus is ranked #52 of 228 cities with the lowest cost of living in America. Nearby Dublin Coffman High School ranks #6 of the best public high schools in the state.

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#90. Indianapolis, Indiana

- Population: 853,431
- Median home value: $123,500 (53% own)
- Median rent: $840 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $44,709

As the capital of Indiana, Indianapolis is home to many family friendly attractions. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the world's largest, and White River State Park features a museum, zoo, waterways, trails, and more. Median home prices here top out at $174,900, while median rent is $1,075.

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#89. Wilmington, North Carolina

- Population: 115,261
- Median home value: $232,900 (45% own)
- Median rent: $889 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $43,867

Wilmington gets high grades for its public schools, ranked #42 of 228 cities with the best public schools in America. The port city is the gateway to Cape Fear coast beaches, including the highly ranked Carolina Beach Boardwalk and kid-friendly North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Median home values are nearing $233,000, with 45% of Wilmington’s 115,000 residents owning their own home.

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#88. Columbia, South Carolina

- Population: 132,236
- Median home value: $168,800 (45% own)
- Median rent: $878 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $43,650

Median home values in South Carolina’s capital of Columbia reached $168,800 in 2019, with 55% of the city’s residents choosing to rent at an average of $878. Families can visit the 170-acre Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, home to over 2,000 animals and an aquarium reptile complex. The Lexington-Richland School District No. 5, serving about 17,000 students, gets the #1 ranking for education in the Columbia area.

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#87. Costa Mesa, California

- Population: 112,930
- Median home value: $671,800 (39% own)
- Median rent: $1,722 (61% rent)
- Median household income: $75,109

The Southern California community of Costa Mesa offers 28 parks, 20 public schools and three libraries, as well as the OC Fair and Event Center, within its 16 square miles. From here, residents find easy access to some of Southern California’s key attractions including beaches, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. The benefits of the community’s offerings are offset somewhat by median home prices topping $671,000.

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#86. Dallas, Texas

- Population: 1,300,122
- Median home value: $154,000 (41% own)
- Median rent: $937 (59% rent)
- Median household income: $47,285

The North Texas metropolis of Dallas offers numerous family attractions, including the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's family education programs and the popular Klyde Warren Park. The city claims the top two public schools in the state in the School of Science & Engineering and the School for the Talented & Gifted. Dallas is rated the 20th most diverse city in the country, though crime rates for violent and property crimes were well above the national average.

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#85. Durham, North Carolina

- Population: 257,232
- Median home value: $195,000 (49% own)
- Median rent: $958 (51% rent)
- Median household income: $54,284

With a population of over 257,232, the city of Durham, North Carolina, is highly diverse, with an equal percentage of white and black residents, and 14% identifying as Hispanic or Latino. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics ranks as the #35 best public high school in the country and #2 in the state. Though the crime rate in Durham was higher than nearly 91% of U.S. cities in 2018.

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#84. Lakewood, Colorado

- Population: 151,411
- Median home value: $300,600 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,156 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $61,058

Outdoor life is a popular draw in Colorado, and Lakewood is no exception, with over 80 maintained parks helping to make the city the #41 healthiest in the nation. The D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School ranks as the #2 public high school in Colorado, with a 95% graduation rate among its 1,000 students. While the crime rate in Lakewood is slightly higher than average across most categories, so too is the median household income of $61,058.

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#83. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

- Population: 130,330
- Median home value: $138,500 (70% own)
- Median rent: $729 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $56,828

With nearly 70% of its residents owning their homes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, makes the top 12 cities to buy a house in America. The community's crime rate is well below the national average for violent incidents, while property crimes are higher than average. Cedar Rapids boasts four of the top 20 high schools in the state of Iowa, led by John F. Kennedy High, which ranks fourth in the state for college prep.

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#82. St. Petersburg, Florida

- Population: 256,031
- Median home value: $165,000 (58% own)
- Median rent: $1,015 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $50,622

Florida is certainly not just for seniors, with St. Petersburg proving the Sunshine State is as family-friendly as ever at #82 out of 100. Its overall Niche grade of A promises an above-average public school system in an urban, suburban community made up of many young professionals. Additionally, St. Petersburg’s cost-of-living index comes in at 95, which comes in 5% lower than the national average, according to AreaVibes.

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#81. Arlington, Texas

- Population: 388,225
- Median home value: $147,000 (56% own)
- Median rent: $939 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $55,562

Situated west of Dallas, Arlington is home to the University of Texas at Arlington. Discovery and educational experiences abound at River Legacy Parks, a natural urban hardwood forest home to 400 species of wildlife, and the River Legacy Living Science Center, featuring interactive exhibits and technology. Median home values here approach $147,000, with median rents at $939. Arlington ranks #12 of 228 most diverse cities in America.

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#80. Glendale, California

- Population: 199,750
- Median home value: $675,300 (34% own)
- Median rent: $1,431 (66% rent)
- Median household income: $58,657

With its population pushing 200,000, Glendale, California, offers families a host of trails and a museum at Brand Park, and its Los Angeles County location means that innumerable family-friendly options, like Universal Studios Hollywood, are within reach. The city’s crime rate is exceptionally low, making it one of the safest in America, while it comes in at #11 for healthiest cities. But almost two-thirds of residents here rent, with median home prices exceeding $675,000.

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#79. Greensboro, North Carolina

- Population: 284,816
- Median home value: $152,300 (50% own)
- Median rent: $813 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $44,978

The North Carolina city of Greensboro is served by The Early College at Guilford, ranked #7 in the Top 10 STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) schools in the country. Split evenly between homeowners and renters, Greensboro's residents see a median home value of $152,300 and median rent of $813. The Greensboro Science Center is an aquarium, museum, and zoo with numerous educational exhibits and interactive experiences.

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#78. Orlando, Florida

- Population: 269,414
- Median home value: $196,900 (35% own)
- Median rent: $1,091 (65% rent)
- Median household income: $45,436

A child's dream come true, the Orlando, Florida, area is home to legendary theme parks and museums including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Discovery Cove, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Walt Disney World Resort. The city's school district features the Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School, ranked at the top of Orlando's best public high schools and #4 overall charter school in the state.

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#77. Cincinnati, Ohio

- Population: 298,957
- Median home value: $124,200 (38% own)
- Median rent: $684 (62% rent)
- Median household income: $36,429

Home to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the second-oldest zoo in the U.S., the city of Cincinnati is situated on the Ohio River and has a population of about 300,000. The city's cost-of-living index in 2016 was 90.2, well below the U.S. average of 100, but its crime rate, while down in 2016, was still more than double the U.S. average.

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#76. Lafayette, Louisiana

- Population: 126,476
- Median home value: $181,900 (55% own)
- Median rent: $853 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $48,533

Along the Vermillion River in Southwest Louisiana, the city of Lafayette is at the heart of Cajun and Creole country. Named the “Happiest City in America,” Lafayette features the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, which offers field trips and interactive exhibits. With a 96% proficiency rate for its students in math (98% in reading), the Early College Academy ranks as the best public high school in the Lafayette area.

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#75. Honolulu, Hawaii

- Population: 402,452
- Median home value: $688,200 (48% own)
- Median rent: $1,441 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $70,527

This Hawaiian Island, which is considered one of the healthiest cities in the U.S., is so focused on the household, it even offers HONOLULU Family, a local website that caters to local clans. However, quality of life comes with a price, as Hawaii is notorious for its high cost of living at almost two-thirds above the national average. With an above-average public school system, Honolulu education levels remain high, with up to 24% of residents having at least a bachelor’s degree, and 14% having a master’s degree or higher.

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#74. Grand Rapids, Michigan

- Population: 195,355
- Median home value: $121,800 (54% own)
- Median rent: $854 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $44,369

Grand Rapids, east of Lake Michigan on the Grand River in Michigan, is served by Northern High School, ranked #1 best public high school in the area and #17 overall college prep public in Michigan. The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, which bills itself as one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks, also offers fun, adventure, and education for families. The Grand Rapids Public Museum features a high-tech planetarium.

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#73. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

- Population: 629,191
- Median home value: $148,500 (59% own)
- Median rent: $819 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $51,581

Known for its cowboy culture and surrounding oil wells, Oklahoma City serves as the state's capital. Its school district includes the state’s top three high schools, including the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, listed as the #1 high school out of the state's 438. Median home values here top $148,000, with rents at $819.

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#72. Corpus Christi, Texas

- Population: 322,726
- Median home value: $125,000 (57% own)
- Median rent: $956 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $53,626

In 2018, risk management company SmartAsset ranked this Texas town as the #3 best city to raise a family. Still holding steady in 2020, the South Texas coastal city touts being one the best cities to buy a house in America while having some of the best public schools, according to Niche. Additionally, AreaVibes points out the cities cost of living index, which is 9% lower than the national average, making the already family-friendly city more financially appealing.

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#71. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

- Population: 305,012
- Median home value: $108,500 (48% own)
- Median rent: $887 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $44,092

Sports enthusiast families might consider Pittsburgh an ideal home base, with the Penguins and Steelers both winning numerous championships—the former in 2017. The city sports a median home value of $108,500, putting it at #38 of 228 best cities to buy a house in America, and median rents of $887. The Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy is the top high school in the city and ranks #6 among magnet schools in the state.

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#70. Anchorage, Alaska

- Population: 298,225
- Median home value: $304,500 (60% own)
- Median rent: $1,261 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $82,271

Livability reports Anchorage makes up 40% of the entire statewide population, making it a metropolis of many family friendly activities including, its namesake zoo, two museums, and native heritage center. Other educational and recreational family-centric activities include hiking, ice climbing, gold mining, wildlife viewing, and glacier tours. Anchorage Public Schools offer cultural diversity and intimate learning, with a minority enrollment of 62% and teacher/student ratio of 17:1.

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#69. Pasadena, California

- Population: 141,231
- Median home value: $689,700 (44% own)
- Median rent: $1,494 (56% rent)
- Median household income: $76,264

Home to the Rose Bowl and the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena offers a wide range of educational, artistic, historical, and garden experiences for families to share. It ranked #5 in 2019 of the healthiest cities in the United States and places to live in America. But its amenities and come with a hefty price tag: The city's median home value pushes $689,000, and median rent is $1,494.

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#68. San Antonio, Texas

- Population: 1,461,623
- Median home value: $127,700 (55% own)
- Median rent: $918 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $49,711

San Antonio, in South-central Texas, is home to The Alamo Mission, where the legendary 1836 battle for Texas' independence from Mexico was fought. The city of nearly 1.45 million is also home to The San Antonio River Walk, an urban waterway linking art, culture, history, recreation, restaurants, and much more in the heart of the city. Median home values and rents fall well below the national average, and its BASIS San Antonio North Central elementary school is rated #1 for best public elementary schools in Texas.

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#67. Aurora, Colorado

- Population: 357,323
- Median home value: $231,000 (58% own)
- Median rent: $1,163 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $58,343

One of the three cities comprising the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area, Aurora earns the distinction of being #24 in cities with the best public schools in America. Its nearby Cherry Creek High School is the state's best public high school. Families might find a special experience at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, established to protect bald eagles and other regional fauna.

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#66. Temecula, California

- Population: 110,722
- Median home value: $394,600 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,716 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $87,115

The Southern California city of Temecula ranks as #29 in cities with the best public schools in America. Great Oak High School is the second best in Riverside County with a 98% average graduation rate. Kids get a hands-on feel for science while they play at the Temecula Children's Museum Pennypickle's Workshop. The city's crime rate comes in well below the national average in all categories, including no murders in 2018.

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#65. Palm Bay, Florida

- Population: 107,802
- Median home value: $119,200 (71% own)
- Median rent: $991 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $45,811

Seventy-one percent of Palm Bay's residents own their homes, which earns the Brevard County, Fla., community #9 among the best cities to buy a house in America. Nearby waterways offer families a myriad of experiences, including the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for sea turtles, and Castaways Point Park on the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway. Two community junior/senior high schools—West Shore and Edgewood—get an A+ overall rating.

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#64. Stamford, Connecticut

- Population: 128,851
- Median home value: $516,000 (54% own)
- Median rent: $1,704 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $84,893

Stamford is centrally located to more than 332 miles of beach access on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. The city of about 128,000 features the Stamford Museum and Nature Center with family-oriented classes, exhibits, and special events. The crime rate in Stamford is generally much lower than the U.S. average. But with median rent prices of $1,704 and rising home values near $516,000, housing costs can take a big chunk out of the family budget in Stamford.

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#63. Lubbock, Texas

- Population: 247,323
- Median home value: $123,800 (52% own)
- Median rent: $896 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $47,326

Rise Academy, a public charter kindergarten-grade eight school in the northwest Texas City of Lubbock, earned the best standout elementary school in the area. History also thrives in Lubbock, at the National Ranching Heritage Center with its museum and outdoor park, and science takes center stage at the Science Spectrum and Omni Theater, which features over 250 hands-on interactive exhibits.

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#62. Tallahassee, Florida

- Population: 188,463
- Median home value: $185,100 (40% own)
- Median rent: $957 (60% rent)
- Median household income: $42,418

The capital city of Florida, Tallahassee provides a host of opportunities for families to stay in shape, with over 100 miles of in-town biking trails, aerial obstacle courses, and canoe and paddle facilities among them. Leon High School, one of the most diverse in the city, is rated #2 of the best high schools in Tallahassee. The city is only safer than 3% of U.S. cities, however, with a crime rate of 55 per 1,000 residents, according to data reported from NeighborhoodScout.

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#61. Metairie, Louisiana

- Population: 144,822
- Median home value: $223,000 (62% own)
- Median rent: $912 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $55,221

On the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain northwest of New Orleans, Metairie is in Jefferson Parish and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Besides drawing from the attractions available in New Orleans, families will find a selection of activities—including just relaxing—in the parish’s Lafreniere Park, with its hiking trails, boating, fishing, and tot-lots. Its top schools include Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies, ranked as the fifth-best public high school in the state, with 99% of students showing at least a proficiency in both math and reading.

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#60. Provo, Utah

- Population: 116,199
- Median home value: $227,400 (41% own)
- Median rent: $793 (59% rent)
- Median household income: $44,312

With just two homicides in 2018, Provo, Utah, earned its reputation as one of the safest cities in America. About 78% of its 116,199 residents have at least some level of college education, which is above the national average. The city is home to Brigham Young University and its museums and galleries. Among its outdoor offerings, the community is located near Utah Lake, a haven for fans of fishing.

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#59. Tempe, Arizona

- Population: 178,339
- Median home value: $237,200 (40% own)
- Median rent: $1,056 (60% rent)
- Median household income: $51,829

Just east of Phoenix, Tempe is home to the Tempe Center for the Arts, with galleries, concerts, and educational programs for all, as well as the renowned Arizona State University. Tempe Preparatory Academy is the #15 public high school in the state, with a graduation rate at 90%. Many of the city’s crime statistics come in above the national average, but Tempe was still rated the #5 best suburb in Arizona to live.

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#58. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

- Population: 240,193
- Median home value: $142,200 (54% own)
- Median rent: $765 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $42,219

Home to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, public schools earn high grades at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Foodies in the family will find the historic Moravian Culinary Trail, and the whole gang can explore the community's historic heirloom gardens and farmers' markets. Fans and athletes of virtually any sport can get their fill at the city's 59 sports venues.

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#57. Gainesville, Florida

- Population: 129,394
- Median home value: $147,500 (39% own)
- Median rent: $886 (61% rent)
- Median household income: $34,004

Nature and museums lead the family-friendly opportunities to share in the Gainesville area, with the Butterfly Rainforest, part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, at the top of the list. Eastside High School is listed as the #34 out of 656 public high schools in the state.

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#56. Salt Lake City, Utah

- Population: 194,188
- Median home value: $266,800 (48% own)
- Median rent: $881 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $54,009

Utah's capital city has a wealth of outdoor activities sure to please any family, which earns it the rank of #17 of 228 best cities for outdoor activities in America. Served by the Granite School District, SLC's Skyline High School earns the top rating of the city's 10 high schools. The city's median home price is $266,800, with median rents at $881.

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#55. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

- Population: 126,188
- Median home value: $198,800 (53% own)
- Median rent: $957 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $57,753

Ripe with American Civil War history, Murfreesboro is home to the Stones River National Battlefield and Oaklands Mansion, where families can explore the area’s evolution over the centuries. The city made Time Magazine's top 20 best places to live in 2018. The community ranks as the #4 most diverse suburb in the state.

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#54. Kansas City, Missouri

- Population: 476,974
- Median home value: $139,900 (54% own)
- Median rent: $862 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $50,136

Kansas City, Missouri, features the world-class Kansas City Zoo and enjoys many educational opportunities. Of the city’s best schools, Park Hill South High School ranks #17 of 504 high schools in the state. Despite assault and murder rates that are nearly five times the national average, Kansas City still ranks in the top 40 in the U.S. for places to buy a house and for lowest cost of living.

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#53. Tampa, Florida

- Population: 368,087
- Median home value: $190,300 (48% own)
- Median rent: $1,031 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $48,245

Nestled on the west coast of Florida near the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa is awash with activities for the entire family, including Busch Gardens with its rides and 12,000 animals. Plant High School, listed as #27 among the best high schools in the state, leads the top schools in the area, and Chiles Elementary School is the #2 most diverse elementary school in Florida out of 2,352 surveyed. Median home values here come in at about $190,000, with median rents around $1,000.

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#52. New York City, New York

- Population: 8,560,072
- Median home value: $538,700 (33% own)
- Median rent: $1,340 (67% rent)
- Median household income: $57,782

With an overall crime rate below the national average in 2018, New York City also takes the #1 score for walkability in the nation, sure to please families that eschew driving. Stuyvesant High School in New York City ranks as the #4 best public high school in the nation. Despite the Big Apple’s high cost-of-living expenses, the city ranks in the top 10 nationally for diversity, outdoor activities, and best places for young professionals.

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#51. Denton, Texas

- Population: 131,097
- Median home value: $179,000 (48% own)
- Median rent: $975 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $52,164

Denton, Texas, is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The Argyle Independent School District ranks #9 in the state. The district's top school, Argyle High, boasts a 95% average graduation rate. Nearby Lake Lewisville is a recreational haven, featuring parks, marinas, camping and fishing.

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#50. Houston, Texas

- Population: 2,267,336
- Median home value: $149,000 (43% own)
- Median rent: $940 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $49,399

Known for the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston extends into Galveston Bay in Texas. Space Center Houston is among the nation's leading science education resources. Carnegie Vanguard High School ranks #5 in the state, one of 20 high schools in the area to receive an A+ grade. The city of 2.2 million ranks #16 nationally for its ethnic and economic diversity.

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#49. Portland, Oregon

- Population: 630,331
- Median home value: $352,700 (53% own)
- Median rent: $1,109 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $61,532

Ranked as the #6 best city for outdoor activities in America, Portland, Oregon, is packed with family friendly attractions. The School of Science and Technology tops the list of Oregon’s best high schools, with a 90% graduation rate. About 76% of the city's more than 630,000 residents have some college education, with nearly 10% more bachelor's degrees than the national average.

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#48. Washington D.C.

- Population: 672,391
- Median home value: $537,400 (42% own)
- Median rent: $1,424 (58% rent)
- Median household income: $77,649

The nation’s capital is home to one of the most prestigious universities in Georgetown, which is rated as the #2 Catholic college in the country, behind only the University of Notre Dame. The city ranks in the top 40 for outdoor activities, overall health, and is #33 among the best cities to live in. Nearly 58% of the 672,000 residents rent, perhaps due to median home values that are nearly three times the national average.

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#47. Roseville, California

- Population: 130,705
- Median home value: $386,300 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,441 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $81,119

Roseville, California, is part of the metropolitan area around the state capital of Sacramento. Almost two-thirds of its residents own their homes, with the median price in Roseville at $386,300, while rent exceeds $1,400. Granite Bay High School leads Placer County as its best public high school, with an average graduation rate of 94%.

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#46. St. Paul, Minnesota

- Population: 300,820
- Median home value: $187,400 (50% own)
- Median rent: $901 (50% rent)
- Median household income: $52,841

The capital of Minnesota, St. Paul is home to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, sure to please all in the family, as well as Fort Snelling State Park, with hiking and biking trails. The city's residents are about evenly split between homeowners and renters, with median home values and rent coming hovering around the national average. Two of its top schools are foreign-language immersion facilities for German and Mandarin.

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#45. Burbank, California

- Population: 104,765
- Median home value: $646,000 (41% own)
- Median rent: $1,539 (59% rent)
- Median household income: $69,118

The Los Angeles County city of Burbank, near Hollywood, is home to famed movie and TV studios like Warner Bros. It also holds the distinction of ranking #12 healthiest place to live in America and #21 for best public schools in America. Living here can dent the family wallet, however, with median home values at $641,000 and rent at $1,539.

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#44. Charleston, South Carolina

- Population: 131,204
- Median home value: $286,200 (54% own)
- Median rent: $1,135 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $61,367

The port city of Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with its historical roots. The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The 200-year-old Charleston City Market may also intrigue families with its plethora of local wares. Families with students in or about to enter high school might consider Academic Magnet High School, the second-best public high school in the state.

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#43. Huntsville, Alabama

- Population: 190,501
- Median home value: $169,900 (58% own)
- Median rent: $773 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $51,926

Huntsville, Ala., is home to the interactive U.S. Space and Rocket Center and the Huntsville Botanical Garden with its many family oriented exhibits and events. Its New Century Technology High School was ranked #2 for best magnet high schools in Alabama. The city's crime rate is significantly higher than the national average, but Huntsville still ranks as the 16th-best in the country for buying a house.

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#42. Scottsdale, Arizona

- Population: 239,283
- Median home value: $433,500 (66% own)
- Median rent: $1,221 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $80,306

East of Arizona's capital, Scottsdale is a desert city home to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, with 180 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, among its recreational offerings. With median home values far exceeding the national average, 66% of the city's 239,000 residents own their homes. It offers two of the top 20 high schools in the state, including BASIS Scottsdale, the best public high school in the state and the top charter high school in the nation.

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#41. Boise, Idaho

- Population: 220,859
- Median home value: $206,800 (60% own)
- Median rent: $875 (40% rent)
- Median household income: $54,547

Follow the Boise River Greenbelt through the heart of the capital city of Idaho and neighboring communities for 25 miles of forested walking and bicycling trails, with access to downtown, Boise State University, and major parks. Boise Senior High School is ranked the best public high school in the state. The city's crime rate comes in below the national average for most violent and property crimes.

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#40. Charlotte, North Carolina

- Population: 826,060
- Median home value: $187,300 (53% own)
- Median rent: $1,018 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $58,202

Charlotte, N.C., provides families with diverse interactive opportunities like hands-on science displays at Discovery Place, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Its many top schools include Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, listed as the state's best public elementary school. The city of more than 800,000 gets an A+ for its ethnic and economic diversity.

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#39. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

- Population: 170,401
- Median home value: $168,600 (61% own)
- Median rent: $771 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $56,714

The South Dakota city of Sioux Falls features Falls Park, through which the Big Sioux River runs, and family fun and education at the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum. Sioux Falls ranked #10 for cities with the lowest cost of living in the nation.

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#38. Fargo, North Dakota

- Population: 118,099
- Median home value: $190,200 (43% own)
- Median rent: $765 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $50,561

The Red River Zoo, Plains Art Museum, and Fargo Air Museum are among the family friendly activities to enjoy in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo Davies High School makes the grade as the best public high school in North Dakota, with a 93% average graduation rate. The city of 118,000 posts an unemployment rate of just 2.4%.

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#37. San Diego, California

- Population: 1,390,966
- Median home value: $523,600 (47% own)
- Median rent: $1,503 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $71,535

A full dose of culture, history, and museums, as well as the San Diego Zoo, await families at San Diego's Balboa Park. The Pacific Coast city ranks highly for diversity (#15 of 228) and public schools (#23 of 228). But its overall cost of living gets a D+, with median home values near $523,000, and rent exceeding $1,500.

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#36. Irving, Texas

- Population: 235,648
- Median home value: $155,200 (38% own)
- Median rent: $1,003 (62% rent)
- Median household income: $58,196

Situated just northwest of Dallas, Texas, Irving offers extensive aquatic programs among its parks and recreation. The city of ranks #14 of the 228 most diverse cities in America, and its crime rate comes in under the national average in most categories. Lake Grapevine offers a host of outdoor recreation opportunities for the whole family.

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#35. Lexington, Kentucky

- Population: 315,109
- Median home value: $175,000 (54% own)
- Median rent: $828 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $53,013

Lexington, Kentucky, is ranked #19 of the best cities to buy a house in America. The city sees median home values and rent below the national average, with crime rates slightly above the national average in several categories. Dubbed "The Horse Capital of the World," this is the place for folks enamored with thoroughbred racing and other equine sports.

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#34. Minneapolis, Minnesota

- Population: 411,452
- Median home value: $222,600 (47% own)
- Median rent: $941 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $55,720

Minneapolis, twin city to the Minnesota capital of St. Paul, is bisected by the Mississippi River. Minneapolis is home to many parks and lakes, the Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Its crime rate is well above the national average in many categories. With an average graduation rate of nearly 88%, Southwest Senior High School is #9 of 372 college prep public high schools in the state.

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#33. Virginia Beach, Virginia

- Population: 450,057
- Median home value: $267,300 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,296 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $70,500

The Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, home of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center featuring coastal habitats from around the world. The city’s public schools are ranked the 27th-best in the nation, and crime here is well below the national average.

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#32. San Francisco, California

- Population: 864,263
- Median home value: $927,400 (37% own)
- Median rent: $1,709 (63% rent)
- Median household income: $96,265

San Francisco ranks #3 for healthiest cities in America. With iconic attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Alcatraz Island, the city has something for virtually anyone in any family. But there's one major drawback: It's the second-most expensive city in the nation.

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#31. Sandy Springs, Georgia

- Population: 103,703
- Median home value: $440,500 (46% own)
- Median rent: $1,154 (54% rent)
- Median household income: $70,920

Home to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Sandy Springs, Georgia, is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The city of 103,000 comes in at #16 of the 228 healthiest places to live in America. Real estate can be pricey here, with median home values topping $440,000 and rents exceeding $1,100. Sandy Springs earns top marks for diversity, with unemployment at 3.4% and 81% of its residents having at least some college experience.

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#30. Thousand Oaks, California

- Population: 128,909
- Median home value: $663,600 (70% own)
- Median rent: $1,925 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $103,793

The Southern California City of Thousand Oaks is listed as the nation's #9 city with the best public schools. Although a 2018 mass shooting knocked Thousand Oaks from the #3 spot on the safest cities in America list, the city sports a crime rate well below the national average, but its housing costs are well above it: Home values here top $663,000, and rents are north of $1,900. Families can hike, ride horseback, camp and more at Wildwood Park, and marvel at the beauty of the Gardens of the World, with its waterfalls and koi pond.

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#29. Lincoln, Nebraska

- Population: 277,315
- Median home value: $156,400 (57% own)
- Median rent: $788 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $53,089

The capital city of Nebraska, Lincoln, is ranked #14 of the best places to buy a house in America. Families can share a day with their youngsters at the Lincoln Children's Zoo, or visit Pioneers Park Nature Center, which offers hiking trails, a wildlife sanctuary, and environmental education center. Lincoln East High School comes in as the #3 high school in Nebraska, with a graduation rate around 94%. The unemployment rate in this city of 277,000 is just 2.7%.

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#28. Santa Clara, California

- Population: 124,635
- Median home value: $831,600 (43% own)
- Median rent: $2,096 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $108,609

Near San Jose in California's Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is home to many technology companies including Intel, home of the Intel Museum, a wealth of information about decades of innovation. Family fun abounds at California's Great America park, as well. Nearby Cupertino High School is ranked the #22 best college prep high school in California out of 1,371. Be prepared to shell out big money to live here: Median home values top $831,000 and median rent is over $2,000.

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#27. Fort Collins, Colorado

- Population: 159,150
- Median home value: $308,800 (54% own)
- Median rent: $1,191 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $60,110

Northern Colorado's Fort Collins offers a historic downtown, and its namesake Museum of Discovery, with interactive science, history, and nature exhibits. Its schools rank #22 of 228 in America, with Fossil Ridge High School ranked #21 out of 415 in the state. Although more than half of Fort Collins’ residents own their homes, median home values here are nearly $125,000 above the national average.

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#26. Alexandria, Virginia

- Population: 154,710
- Median home value: $537,900 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,663 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $93,370

American history buffs probably couldn't ask for more than what historic Alexandria, Virginia, offers. Just eight miles south of the nation's capital, the city is home to Gadsby's Tavern Museum, the restored 1700s gathering place for the nation's founding fathers including Washington, Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and others. Nearby Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the top high school in the U.S. About 80% of residents have some level of college education, and its ethnic and economic diversity earns it an A+ grade. Its crime rate comes in below the national average, with violent crimes about one-third the average.

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#25. Austin, Texas

- Population: 916,906
- Median home value: $285,900 (45% own)
- Median rent: $1,165 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $63,717

The state capital of Texas, Austin is home to the University of Texas and is famous for its live music scene. It also earns high marks for its public school system, with its Liberal Arts and Science Academy graded as the best college prep public high school in Texas. It boasts a 99% average graduation rate. Austin also gets top ranking for its racial diversity.

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#24. Omaha, Nebraska

- Population: 463,081
- Median home value: $146,500 (58% own)
- Median rent: $861 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $53,789

On the Missouri River near the Iowa border, Omaha, Nebraska, offers unique family experiences at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Heartland of America Park. This city ranks #21 of the best cities to buy a house in America, with median home values set at $146,500. Omaha boasts two of the top two high schools, top three elementary schools, and three of the top five middle schools in Nebraska.

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#23. College Station, Texas

- Population: 107,445
- Median home value: $205,600 (35% own)
- Median rent: $940 (65% rent)
- Median household income: $39,430

Texas A&M University's main campus is set in College Station, where about 81% of residents have at least some college experience. The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center offers educational and research opportunities. The city ranks #12 for best public schools in America.

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#22. Columbia, Missouri

- Population: 118,620
- Median home value: $185,300 (47% own)
- Median rent: $825 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $47,236

Median home values in Missouri’s fourth largest-city are right at the national average, while renting is considerably lower than average, prompting 53% to rent. Rock Bridge Senior High School, which serves nearly 2,000 students, is the #8 public high school in the state. Columbia’s crime rate is lower than the national average in most categories, and the unemployment rate sits at 3%.

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#21. Torrance, California

- Population: 147,190
- Median home value: $687,900 (55% own)
- Median rent: $1,582 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $85,070

Multiple high schools serving Torrance, California, get top grades, pushing the city to #16 in the national rankings for best public schools. High Tech Los Angeles ranks as the #10 best charter high school in the state. Families can take in the beauty of the South Coast Botanic Garden and practice their favorite sports at Charles H. Wilson Park. Torrance also ranks #4 for the healthiest places to live in America.

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#20. Rochester, Minnesota

- Population: 112,683
- Median home value: $176,100 (69% own)
- Median rent: $891 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $68,574

Prospective homeowners thinking of moving their families to Rochester, Minn., will be pleased to hear it ranks as the second-best city to buy a house in America. With a median home value of $176,100, home ownership is preferred by nearly 70% of the city's residents. Century Senior High School is tops in the area, and #18 for best college prep public high schools in the state, out of 372. The Mayo Clinic is one of the area’s biggest employers, with over 36,000 workers helping keep the city’s unemployment rate at 3.5%.

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#19. Seattle, Washington

- Population: 688,245
- Median home value: $537,800 (47% own)
- Median rent: $1,377 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $79,565

With its iconic Space Needle and Puget Sound setting of water, forests and thousands of acres of parks, Seattle ranks #2 nationally for best outdoor activities and #7 among the country’s healthiest cities. Families can find virtually any activity along the Sound, from kayaking to birding, bicycling to diving, whale watching to touring, and more. Seattle is home to four of the top 20 high schools in Washington, led by Raisbeck Aviation High School. Washington's largest city is home to Microsoft and Amazon, and its unemployment rate is 3.4% and ranks #3 among the best cities for young professionals.

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#18. Boulder, Colorado

- Population: 106,271
- Median home value: $600,400 (48% own)
- Median rent: $1,412 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $64,183

At the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder features many outdoor activities to make the most of its natural gifts. Eldorado Canyon State Park offers hiking among towering sandstone cliffs and scenic South Boulder Creek. Rated the #14 city with the best public schools in the nation, the Boulder area is served by 16 schools with at least an A grade. The city's median income tops $64,000, and about 90% of its residents have at least some level of college education.

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#17. Madison, Wisconsin

- Population: 248,856
- Median home value: $223,300 (48% own)
- Median rent: $1,008 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $59,387

The capital city of Wisconsin, Madison's Middleton High School is rated the best high school for science, technology, engineering, and math in the state. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum offers walking paths and jogging tracks for all, with numerous educational opportunities in its garden settings. Families will also enjoy Henry Vilas Zoo and the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

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#16. Sunnyvale, California

- Population: 151,565
- Median home value: $968,700 (47% own)
- Median rent: $2,147 (53% rent)
- Median household income: $118,314

A major Silicon Valley community in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sunnyvale comes in at #17 for best cities to live, #18 for public schools, and #19 in the nation for outdoor activities. But Sunnyvale's cost of living is much higher than the national average, with median home costs approaching $1 million and rent over $1,000 higher than the national average. Baylands Park, on San Francisco Bay, features biking, hiking and nature trails, with access to the San Francisco Bay Trail, connecting 500 miles of shoreline trails.

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#15. Carlsbad, California

- Population: 113,147
- Median home value: $713,600 (65% own)
- Median rent: $1,918 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $102,722

The coastal community of Carlsbad, near San Diego, features several family friendly attractions, from Legoland and its Sea Life Aquarium to South Carlsbad State Beach. The Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is home to free-roaming peacocks. The 54 schools serving the community earned it the #7 spot on the list of best public schools in America, and its Canyon Crest Academy is considered the second-best public high school in California. The city's crime rate comes in well below the national average.

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#14. Round Rock, Texas

- Population: 116,369
- Median home value: $210,800 (62% own)
- Median rent: $1,134 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $76,295

Crime in Round Rock, Texas, is well below the national average, helping make it the #5 best city in America to buy a house. Families can enjoy Old Settlers Park, with recreational activities and six complexes for sports, and Play for All Park, which is designed to accommodate special-needs kids. The community is served by Round Rock High School, which boasts a 99% graduation rate among its 3,200 students. Over 60% of the city's 116,369 residents own their homes, which have a median value of $210,800.

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#13. Raleigh, North Carolina

- Population: 449,477
- Median home value: $225,000 (52% own)
- Median rent: $1,010 (48% rent)
- Median household income: $61,505

Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, is part of the “Research Triangle,” along with Chapel Hill and Durham, named for the number of technology and scholarly institutions in the area. The family friendly North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences features living collections among its extensive exhibits. This city of about 449,000 ranks #11 on the list of best cities to buy a home. It's also home to four of the top 10 public high schools in the state, with Raleigh Charter High School at the top.

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#12. Richardson, Texas

- Population: 111,055
- Median home value: $226,100 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,245 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $76,719

Residents of Richardson, Texas, enjoy a blend of racial diversity, with 54% white, 17% Hispanic, 16% Asian, and 10% African American. The city is a suburb of Dallas, with median household incomes exceeding $76,000. It ranks #17 among cities with the country’s best schools. For a family day of outdoor activities Prairie Creek Park offers creeks, waterfalls, trails, and picnic sites.

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#11. Berkeley, California

- Population: 120,179
- Median home value: $861,800 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,523 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $75,709

Berkeley is home to the University of California, Berkeley campus. Homes here come dear, with median values around $861,000. Visit the 34-acre UC Botanical Garden, one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. Median household incomes here top $75,000, with 90% of residents having some level of college and 39% holding a master's degrees or higher. The healthiest city in the entire U.S., Berkeley was rated the #36 suburb in the country to live.

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#10. Irvine, California

- Population: 256,877
- Median home value: $753,400 (48% own)
- Median rent: $2,114 (52% rent)
- Median household income: $95,573

The Orange County city of Irvine is the second-healthiest place to live in the country and boasts the nation’s fifth-best public schools. Such lofty rankings have a lofty price, however, with median home values here topping $753,000. Among its best schools, the Orange County School of the Arts is the 10th-best public high school in the state. Families can enjoy a day of fun at Orange County Great Park, or visit Pretend City Children's Museum.

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#9. Cambridge, Massachusetts

- Population: 110,893
- Median home value: $670,200 (36% own)
- Median rent: $1,880 (64% rent)
- Median household income: $89,145

Home to some of the best schools in the world, Cambridge, Massachusetts, ranks as the #9 best city for outdoor activities in the country, and tops for young professionals. The Charles River offers bike paths, numerous parks and recreational opportunities. About 85% of the city's roughly 110,000 residents have some college experience, with 47% holding a master's degree or higher. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School ranks #14 of the most diverse public high schools in the state.

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#8. Bellevue, Washington

- Population: 139,014
- Median home value: $665,700 (57% own)
- Median rent: $1,741 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $105,402

Across Lake Washington from Seattle, Bellevue is the third-best city for public schools in the country, led by Interlake Senior High School, ranked #2 best public high school in the state. It's one of 14 schools serving the Bellevue area to receive an A+ grade. The lake is a popular fishing area for enthusiasts of all levels. Airplane and spacecraft buffs will enjoy a family visit to The Museum of Flight.

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#7. Plano, Texas

- Population: 281,566
- Median home value: $271,300 (61% own)
- Median rent: $1,243 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $88,578

Less than a half-hour drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Plano is rated as the fourth-best spot in the nation to buy a house. Ranking eighth nationally among cities with the best public schools in the U.S., Frisco’s Liberty High School ranks #12 out of Texas’ 1,696 public high schools, boasting a 99% graduation rate. About 61% of residents here own their homes, which have a median value of $271,300. Families will enjoy the Heritage Farmstead Museum, a living history site.

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#6. Overland Park, Kansas

- Population: 186,147
- Median home value: $248,100 (63% own)
- Median rent: $1,084 (37% rent)
- Median household income: $78,217

A suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, Overland Park in Kansas is the best city to buy a house in America, with 63% of residents opting to own. Blue Valley North High School is rated the best public high school in the state, with the community featuring the top four high schools in Kansas. Families can check out Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, with its trails, 13 gardens, wildlife, and educational activities.

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#5. Columbia, Maryland

- Population: 103,170
- Median home value: $367,600 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,630 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $103,707

Columbia, Maryland, is centrally located less than 40 miles from Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington D.C. Columbia contains the top four middle schools in the state, and two of the top 10 public high schools. About two-thirds of the 103,000 residents own their homes thanks to a median household income nearly twice the national average.

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#4. Ann Arbor, Michigan

- Population: 119,303
- Median home value: $271,600 (46% own)
- Median rent: $1,166 (54% rent)
- Median household income: $61,247

Ranked the #2 best city to live in America, Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan and its Museum of Natural History. Families visiting the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum can immerse themselves in discovery with a scientific bent. Ann Arbor also takes the #2 spot for cities with the best public schools in the nation. Median home values are just over $270,000, with a median household income registering at $61,247.

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#3. Arlington, Virginia

- Population: 229,534
- Median home value: $643,300 (44% own)
- Median rent: $1,895 (56% rent)
- Median household income: $112,138

Located just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., Arlington, Virginia, was rated the top city to live in America, thanks to high marks for schools and overall health. The city is host to several historic sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, which is home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and President John F. Kennedy’s grave. Median home values are three times the national average, prompting 56% of the city’s 229,534 residents to rent.

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#2. The Woodlands, Texas

- Population: 109,608
- Median home value: $351,000 (72% own)
- Median rent: $1,509 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $115,083

Besides taking second place in this compilation, The Woodlands, Texas ranks #3 of the best cities to buy a house and #6 of the cities with the best public schools in America. The Woodlands High School is rated the best in Montgomery County, and ninth in the Houston area. The George Mitchell Preserve is a large, forested nature preserve with hiking, bike trails and a lake, and The Woodlands Children's Museum features interactive exhibits and play designed for the little ones. Considered one of the top master-planned communities in the nation, the median home value here is $351,000.

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#1. Naperville, Illinois

- Population: 146,431
- Median home value: $398,500 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,415 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $114,014

Topping the list of best cities to raise a family in America, Naperville, Illinois, is also at the top of the list of cities with the best public schools in America. Crime here is far below the national average in every measured category. Neuqua Valley High School ranks #14 of 689 public high schools in the state, with an average graduation rate of 97%. This western suburb of Chicago is home to about 146,000, with a median household income of more than $110,000. Nearby Naper Settlement offers families a host of programs, from camps to geocaching, kids' programs, and more. Naperville Riverwalk, a recreation area along the DuPage River, features fountains, covered bridges, and an amphitheater.

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