Raising a Family Is Best in This US City

Overland Park, Kansas, comes in at No. 1
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2017 1:25 PM CDT
10 Best, Worst US Cities to Raise a Family
Dorothy was onto something.   (Getty Images/Geber86)

Moving to a new city can be stressful, but even more so when you have little ones to consider. In addition to making sure you find a comfortable place to live, having a family to raise also dictates you look at other factors, such as the quality of the schools, air and water quality, overall affordability, and even the number of playgrounds and other recreational venues—all of which WalletHub did. The site put 150 of the nation's most populated cities up against more than 40 metrics to come up with its list, with Overland Park in Kansas grabbing the No. 1 spot. The best and the worst here:


  1. Overland Park, Kan.
  2. Madison, Wis.
  3. Plano, Texas
  4. Seattle
  5. Fremont, Calif.
  6. Minneapolis
  7. Virginia Beach, Va.
  8. Sioux Falls, SD
  9. Irvine, Calif.
  10. Lincoln, Neb.
  1. Birmingham, Ala.
  2. Detroit, Mich.
  3. San Bernardino, Calif.
  4. Shreveport, La.
  5. Hialeah, Fla.
  6. Miami
  7. Jackson, Miss.
  8. Augusta, Ga.
  9. Newark, NJ
  10. Memphis, Tenn.
See the complete list here. (Read more US cities stories.)

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