|When you're planning on relocating with your family, there are several important things to take into consideration when deciding on a new place to live. When you have a family to take care of, choosing where to relocate becomes a much more involved process--figuring out what place would be best for everyone in your family and comparing different cities to see what each place has to offer.
While some cities may have great school systems, other cities may be bursting at the seams with job opportunities and have an abundance of great parks for you and your family to spend time at and enjoy the outdoors. Before making your decision on where to move, you should consider all of the factors that will go into your planning, including your relocation budget, and sit down with your family to figure out which city would provide the most opportunities for growth and be the most beneficial for you and your loved ones.
Part of the planning process when deciding on where to move should research, both online and in-person. If possible, visit some of the cities that are on your short list and ask questions while you're there. Find out if the city has everything you need and if it will be the best place for you and your family to live, grow, work and play. This guide will give you a list of 10 of the best cities around the country for families to relocate to and what they have to offer.
10. Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine has a lot to offer for families, from plenty of outdoor parks to a great school system that ranks among the best in the nation. There's a little something for everyone in Portland, and the city's location right on the coast makes it one of the most desirable locations to live in the northeast, especially during the summer. With a low crime rate and plenty of job opportunities that offer easy commutes, you won't have to worry about driving hours to and from work and you'll have more time to enjoy the laidback lifestyle characteristic of this Maine city.
9. Burlington, Vermont
Another northeast city tucked away near Lake Champlain, Burlington is most notably a popular ski destination, but don't let that sway you. Even if you don't ski, there is still plenty to be found in Burlington for the whole family and the beautiful parks and outdoor landscapes can be enjoyed all year. With the main campus of the University of Vermont located in Burlington, the city transforms into a college town during the school year and many students who leave after graduation end up returning here to raise a family thanks to the affordable housing, excellent school system and the abundance of parks, farms and farmer's markets, just a few of the things that make Burlington a great place to live.
8. Madison, Wisconsin
With low unemployment rates and even lower crime rates, Madison is an ideal place to settle down and raise a family. The city has plenty of parks and outdoor recreational areas and the fact that it's the state capital of Wisconsin means that there is never a shortage of things to do in Madison. There is also not a shortage of job opportunities either, and commutes are relatively short. Madison is one of the rare places that offer all of the culture and entertainment of a big city and the green, open spaces of a rural town, all at the same time.
7. Omaha, Nebraska
Like Madison, Omaha is another Midwest city that is thriving and is a perfect place for your family to relocate to. With a ton of kid-friendly activities available and places to visit like the Omaha Zoo and the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, your children will have plenty to keep them busy throughout the year. There are also a variety of housing options available throughout the city that are moderately priced, whether you're looking for a condo or a loft in the city or a beautiful home out in the suburbs of West Omaha.
6. San Francisco, California
San Francisco may have a higher cost of living than many of the cities on this list, but most of the jobs you'll find there will also have a higher pay rate, which helps to balance out the expenses that come with living in the city. Beyond the abundance of job opportunities available in San Francisco, especially in the growing tech industry, it remains one of the most popular places in the entire world to live and work with plenty of activities and entertainment for the entire family.
5. Minneapolis, Minnesota
This Minnesota city has a low unemployment rate, some of the healthiest citizens in the country and clean, crisp air that will make you yearn for the outdoors where you can enjoy one of the many beautiful parks and bike trails you'll find around the city. Over 81 miles of on-street bike paths and 85 miles of off-street paths make Minneapolis one of the most biking-friendly cities in the country. The city's green initiative has helped paved the way for a clean and pollution-free sustainable city with an emphasis on health and safety.
4. Boston, Massachusetts
The third New England city on this list, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country and a great place for education. With several world-renowned colleges and universities located in the city like Harvard, MIT and Boston College, the city is a prime spot for education and an ideal place to raise a family. Coupled with several world-class medical institutions, a great public transportation system and picturesque parks and views, you can't go wrong by relocating to Boston.
3. Des Moines, Iowa
The abundance of job opportunities in Des Moines make the city perfect not only for families but also for young professionals looking to begin their careers in a great city that ranks among the best in the country, not only in education and jobs, but also in healthcare as well.
2. Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital has an excellent education system a number of Blue Ribbon schools located in the district, and the education isn't only found in the classroom. The abundance of museums in the city provides a perfect opportunity for your children to learn and experience history and there is never a lack of things to do and see in the city. The monuments and landmarks provide great views and the abundance of government jobs means that the unemployment rate is low. Add that to the world-class arts and entertainment found throughout the city and there's really no reason why you wouldn't want to raise a family in Washington, D.C.
1. Austin, Texas
One of the crown jewels of the great state of Texas, Austin has something to offer everyone. From their legendary music scene to the great restaurants and nightlife, Austin is one of the most exciting cities in the country. Its growing job market means that there is never a shortage of jobs to be found and the city was recently ranked #1 on Forbes' list of Best Big Cities to Get a Job. The city also boasts of year-round sun and great weather, along with an excellent healthcare system.