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The top ten American cities for raising your family

As a real estate professional, we don’t have to tell you how frequently buyers are looking for a home that is “good” for their family. Kiplinger recently named their top 10 cities for raising a family based on job growth, healthy economies and vibrant local culture.

Additional information such as areas already filled with families with children, low crime rates, quality of public schools, and amount of parks were then considered.

The article notes that the list comprised of 10 cities “are not rankings. They are recommendations, based on our reporting and number-crunching.”

We want to know what you think of the top 10 list:

Every city has pockets of family friendly areas and areas that are less family friendly and of course fair housing laws prohibit discriminating or steering, but the above list gives you an idea of how the media is looking at cities for how family friendly they appear to be.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Chris Lengquist

    August 31, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Ellicott City has a cool downtown. So I’ll give it that….

  2. Rob McCance

    September 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm


    Raleigh is great, lived in the Triangle for five years, loved it.

    Huntsville – what a boring piece of cuss and the whole place smells like bacon, which apparently everyone that lives there has been living on.

    565, University Drive and a Army base. Yeah man! Oh and don’t forget about the bad areas on the East end of town, where they hide all their southern poverty.

    Did I just say all that out loud?

    Ok, that’s overly tough, I take it all back. 🙂

    • Hmmmm

      September 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      I didn’t realize Huntsville was on the list.

      College Station on the other hand… Kyle Field, George Bush Library, active Arts Council, great growth/employment rates, countless parks, Northgate, partnership with Texas A&M, 2 hours from Houston/Austin/Dallas, need I go on???

      Disagree with your mal-informed prejudice.

    • Michael Bertoldi

      September 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

      This comment is ridiculous and exudes ignorance.

      Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

      • Lani Rosales

        September 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

        If I lived somewhere that smelled like bacon, I would insist on being number one on all lists ever. 🙂

      • Rob McCance

        September 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

        Wow – a classic gang up. Taking a city critique an making it personal. Get some lives will you guys.

        You could say ANYthing you wanted about the Atlanta Metro and I would just smile, laugh or ignore it. Big deal.

        For the record, I’ve been traveling to Huntsville over 10 years and every time I head back over the mountain (leave) I’m happy to do it. I’ve tried running in the mountains, playing golf, eating out, going to the mall, sitting in THE bookstore, playing tennis at the HTC, etc., etc. It’s all mediocre at best.

        Also, the bacon comment was actually made by my 10 year old daughter! We were in the parking lot of Best Buy on University one rainy afternoon and the whole frikkin place smelled exactly like cooking bacon. No lie. She says “this place smells like bacon.”

        And for the comment that everyone must be eating said bacon. Well, go into Atlanta Bread Company on University at lunch time and count the number of people that are NOT obese. You only need one hand.

        And for the record (again), I’m not prejudice against places or people, just lousy places and stupid people.

        Sorry you are stuck in Huntsville Bertoldi.


  3. Property Marbella

    September 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Hi Lani,
    “The top Ten American Cities for raising your family” This list is what many families want to read and moved too those Cities; they are the winner cities for the future.

  4. Jb

    September 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    What nothing in California? What about Irvine?

  5. Debra Sinick

    September 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I grew up in West Hartford, CT and always pleasantly surprised when I go back to visit. The center of town, which everyone refers to as “The Center” has been transformed. It’s a busy place with coffee houses and restaurants. The town offers great housing and fabulous schools and an all around friendly feel. Go WH!

  6. Recyclage Electronique

    September 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Great list. But i personally like Rochester, MN, its really awesome.i spend my best time there. Madison, WI is also quite good.

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