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There's No Place Like This US City to Raise a Family

Overland Park, Kansas, gets top billing in WalletHub survey
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2019 9:30 AM CDT
There's a reason why Dorothy wanted to get back to Kansas.   (Getty Images/Ridofranz)

(Newser) – Dorothy isn't the only one who thought "there's no place like home" when thinking about Kansas. Finding the ideal place to raise a family is often at the top of most parents' minds, and according to a new survey from WalletHub, the Sunflower State's Overland Park is the top-ranked city in America. The site looked at more than 180 large cities (by population), evaluating nearly four dozen metrics across five categories: family fun, affordability, socioeconomics, health and safety, and education and child care. Here, the top 10 US cities to raise a family:

  1. Overland Park, Kan. (No. 1 in "affordability" category)
  2. Fremont, Calif. (No. 1 in "socioeconomics" and "health and safety" categories)
  3. Irvine, Calif.
  4. Plano, Texas
  5. South Burlington, Vt. (No. 1 in "education and child care" category)
  6. Bismarck, ND
  7. Gilbert, Ariz.
  8. Fargo, ND
  9. Scottsdale, Ariz.
  10. Boise, Idaho
Read on for the cities that brought up the rear.

The 10 worst places to raise a family:

  1. Augusta, Ga.
  2. Baltimore, Md.
  3. Hialeah, Fla.
  4. San Bernardino, Calif.
  5. Wilmington, Delaware
  6. Shreveport, La.
  7. Memphis, Tenn.
  8. Cleveland, Ohio
  9. Newark, NJ
  10. Detroit, Mich.
See the entire list here, or find out which US cities offer the most potential for happiness. (Read more US cities stories.)

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