Top Urban Areas for Families

If you have a family and interested in moving to a bigger city for career advancement, some cities are better than others regarding public transportation, walkability, and the quality of the schools for your children. It helps to research the job market for the profession you work in because some cities are better known for certain industries and offer greater earning potential than others. For example, if you are interested in working in tourism long term, you might decide to live in tourism-based cities such as New Orleans or Las Vegas. Here are some of the best urban areas for families.

If you love the family-friendliness of the Midwest, then you should consider Minneapolis. This city has over 6,000 acres of parks and this is great for families who love the outdoors. There are also plenty of cool bikeways for the city’s residents and there is a street here called Eat Street, where you can try restaurants of diverse cuisines. The schools and libraries are of high quality here and this city has been ranked high by Fit Pregnancy, Kiplinger and Child magazines as one of the best cities for families.

For those who prefer the Northeast, they should consider Westchester County in the state of New York. This county has towns full of historic charm but still with some urban sophistication. If you’re a hipster and artsy family, check out the town of Katonah because it constantly has poetry readings and book-related events here. If you’re moving to New York to attend college while starting a family, Purchase is another neat option because it has SUNY-Purchase. You can buy a home in this city for a price starting at $800,000. New Rochelle is also a neat gem in this county with a famous playground called Jack’s Friendship Garden for the kids. You can buy a home in this city for under $500,000 and most of the homes here were built in the early 20th century.

The South is reinventing itself these days and one such Southern city is Houston. The Woodlands is a popular area for families relocating to Houston because of its’ walkability  and array of upscale clubs and shops as well as great schools and parks. Houston is culturally diverse with Asian-American, Hispanic-American and African-American families that can be found throughout the city. Houston also has a growing arts community and its’ schools are consistently well-performing.

Raleigh, North Carolina is another neat place for families to live in. According to Value Penguin magazine, Raleigh was ranked no. 3 for young professionals. This is probably because the state is home to research universities such as Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Raleigh has low unemployment rates and it offers a wide variety of methods of starting a business. Raleigh hosts the annual North Carolina State Fair and this makes the city a family-friendly place.

These are just a few of some of the best urban areas for families to live in. Look for a city  that is going to promote strong job growth in your field, that your kids can thrive in, and where you can retire one day.


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