Families who are searching for the perfect town to call home typically will have a list of requirements that need to be met before they will make a decision. Families look for good schools, parks and recreation, a overall safe feeling of the area and of course job opportunities.

A recent article highlighted 10 of the top cities that are great for raising growing families. These cities were selected by the availability of job growth as well as state of the economy, as well as local culture and amenities.

Raleigh was on this list, below is a snapshot of the area.

Raleigh, N.C.
 
City population: 367,959 Metro population: 1,084,404
Mean family income: $94,975 Median home value: $200,900
Employment growth: 6.4%
City school rating: 7
Violent crimes per 100,000 residents: 578

Employment is up, and the cost of living is down in North Carolina's capital, a mecca for stable high-tech jobs. The region is also home to more acres of parks per capita than most cities of its size. The Wake County School District is strong, too, with 77 schools of excellence and distinction -- the highest designations in North Carolina. And Tarheel State residents live in a higher-ed sweet spot where academic quality meets high levels of financial aid. The result: The top-notch University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is perennially No. 1 on Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges, N.C. State is #10, and other UNC-system schools dot our top 100.

Some of the best features of the area are affordable family housing, strong employment growth (especially in biotechnology, textiles and medical technology), lauded city schools, mild weather year-round, moderate and falling crime rates.

 Below are the other cities that made the list of best cities for raising a family.

  • Ellicott City, Md.
  • Ann Arbor, Mich
  • College Station, Texas
  • Kennewick, Wash.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Madison, Wis.
  • Pocatello, Idaho
  • Rochester, Minn.
  • West Hartford, Conn.

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