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.
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.