Best Cities for Families

Print Email

Source: Thinkstock

30. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
> 5-yr. change in number of families: +6.9%
> Violent crimes per 100,000 people: 324.1
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds in preschool: 53.5%
> Graduation rate: 85.8%

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is one of 30 U.S. metro areas with relatively low crime and especially favorable social and economic conditions for families. Families in the area have better access than those in most communities to recreation centers and sports facilities. The D.C. area also boasts more public parks than all but a dozen other metro areas nationwide.

Source: Thinkstock

29. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
> 5-yr. change in number of families: +7.4%
> Violent crimes per 100,000 people: 251.5
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds in preschool: 56.5%
> Graduation rate: 83.8%

Education in early childhood can be important for development into adulthood. With multiple state-subsidized preschools in the San Jose metro area, over half of all area 3 and 4-year olds are enrolled in preschool programs, one of the higher shares among American metropolitan areas.

Source: Dllu / Wikimedia Commons

28. Pittsburgh, PA
> 5-yr. change in number of families: +0.8%
> Violent crimes per 100,000 people: 266.3
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds in preschool: 49.9%
> Graduation rate: 87.2%

Pittsburgh is one of the most affordable metro areas in the country for families. The typical area home is worth just double the median family income. In comparison, the typical American home has a value nearly three times the U.S. median household income.

Source: Thinkstock

27. Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
> 5-yr. change in number of families: +0.7%
> Violent crimes per 100,000 people: 333.7
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds in preschool: 50.7%
> Graduation rate: 84.4%

There are nearly 60 recreation centers for every 100,000 families and five public parks in the Providence metro area, more than in most other U.S. metro areas. Children in the metro area are also less likely to live in poverty or be without health insurance than those living in most other cities.

Source: Thinkstock

26. Wausau, WI
> 5-yr. change in number of families: +4.3%
> Violent crimes per 100,000 people: 110.9
> Share of 3-4 yr. olds in preschool: 38.5%
> Graduation rate: 92.3%

Wausau, Wisconsin is one of the safest metro areas in the country. There were only 111 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2015, less than a third of the U.S. violent crime rate. Neighborhood safety is an important factor for any family to consider, and in the last five years, the number of families in the Wausau metro area increased by 4.3%, more than double the comparable national growth rate.