The largest U.S. cities may be known for their unique attributes, but it’s not immediately apparent which of them are best for raising a family. The decision of where to call "home" is a critical decision for new parents and can have a significant influence on the lives of their children. Use this map of America’s Most Family-Friendly Cities to find out how each metro stacks up!
The map compares the top 25 metropolitan areas in the U.S. and rates them on their overall family-friendliness based on key considerations: crime rate, cost of living, availability of child care services, average commute times, school (K-12) quality, and park acreage per capita. Each of these factors was chosen as they can contribute to both a family's quality of life and a child’s development. A weight was assigned to each factor to value their relative levels of importance — school quality had the highest, while commute times had the lowest.
The top 10 cities earned high marks in nearly all the factors analyzed. While most of these 10 had very strong cost of living and commute scores, Charlotte NC also excelled in low crime numbers and excellent park systems, outweighing its below average childcare services. Ultimately, the diverse family amenities & opportunities in these cities landed them at the top.