Kids change everything. Your sleeping pattern, your monthly spending habits, even your vocabulary. But one of the greatest ways they rock your world is where you end up living to raise them.

As singles or couples, excitement and fun are often what drives us to live where we do as our mentality is focused on living in the moment. But when kids come into the picture, our frame of minds change from "Where is the best bar in town?" to "What is the most kid-friendly restaurant in the area?" You now have to think about factors that weren't necessarily applicable before, like schools, playgrounds, libraries, safe, family-oriented neighborhoods, and the list goes on...

So where do you begin your search for the best city to raise your children?

Kiplinger provides a list of the top 10 cities in America to raise a family.  The criteria is based on "metropolitan areas with high household incomes relative to living costs, a large percentage of families with children under 18, and low crime rates." 

Let's see what cities made the list!

10. Stamford, CT

9. Corona, CA

8. Middletown, NY

7. Sunnyvale, CA

6. Appleton, WI

5. East Grand Rapids, MI

4. Thousand Oaks, CA

3. Suwanee, GA

2. Richland, WA

1. Omaha, NE

Even though the Triangle didn't make this list, we have some of the top schools in NC, several museums, parks, playgrounds and other kid-friendly activities. Plus, many families with small children are choosing to establish themselves here as well.

If you're in search of a wonderful place to raise your kids and you'd like to learn more about the Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh areas, contact Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team today!



Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website  for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

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