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July 29, 2015
Finding the right place to raise your family isn’t easy. Factors like safety, healthy lifestyles, and cost of living create a difficult landscape for families looking for the right place to grow. A recent Livability study of U.S. Census Bureau data from 2,000 cities combined with education insights from a third-party site highlighted 10 cities that stand out as ideal places for families.31066687_l


Unsurprisingly, cities with rising populations offer a larger percentage of kid-friendly activities and venues. Places like St. George, Utah, offer numerous family-friendly, educational experiences through its rich natural history museums and hiking trails.

Suburbs like Rockville, Maryland, with a hip, urban vibe and active cities like Overland Park, Kansas, are on the rise. Sports-oriented families will love Overland Park’s commitment to soccer and an active lifestyle, and trendy art lovers will feel right at home with Rockville’s vibrant chorus, dance, and concert communities.

Biggest surprises

While many people continue to move to the east and west coasts in search of new career opportunities, the middle of the country is experiencing a renaissance. More than half of the cities on Livability’s 10 Best Cities for Families list are in the Midwest. While the heartland of the country has long been praised as an idyllic place to put down roots, industry has struggled in the Midwest in recent years. However, a recovering economy and stabilized job market has once again pushed the region back to the forefront of U.S. living.

Additionally, the Southwest is well represented; cities from Utah, Arizona, and Texas all appear on the list. The sunny climate, diversity, and rich outdoor experiences in the region offer great opportunities for families to flourish.

For Livability’s full list of the 10 Best Cities for Families, click here. If you’re looking to relocate to a new family-friendly city, contact us today to discuss a mortgage that’s right for you.