Moving is a daunting task but also filled with opportunities if the right location is selected. WalletHub notes in its “Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family” list, the average American “can expect to move an estimated 11.4 times in a lifetime.”
When moving as a family, it is essential to pick a location that is affordable and offers quality schools and health care.
WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 48 key metrics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation.
Each metric fits under five key dimensions: family fun; healthy and safety; education and child care; affordability; and socio-economics.
Overland Park, Kansas, headed the best places. It ranked No. 1 in affordability, No. 4 in socio-economics; No. 7 in education and child care; No. 26 in health and safety; and No. 100 in family fun. Its overall score was 72.48.
Here is the rest of the top 10 best places to raise a family.
- Overland Park, Kansas – 72.48
- Fremont, California – 71.37
- Irvine, California – 69.19
- Plano, Texas – 68.80
- Columbia, Maryland – 67.75
- South Burlington, Vermont – 66.11
- Seattle, Washington – 65.45
- Scottsdale, Arizona – 65.42
- Gilbert, Arizona – 64.98
- Madison, Wisconsin – 64.79