Many parents are faced with a difficult choice – should they leave the big city they live in and go to a more peaceful, family-friendly place? For those who are thinking about moving to a smaller town where they could raise their family, we have made a list of the 9 best U.S. cities for this purpose.
The factors we looked at when choosing these cities are housing costs, safety, the quality of public schools, diversity and the level of education in adults. The data used was found in the U.S. Census data, FBI crime statistics, GreatSchools.org and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Virginia Beach, Va.
If your family is interested in art and the great outdoors, this will be a good place for you. This city has many outdoor options for your children’s entertainment. With the population of 439,528, Virginia Beach has the eight-lowest rate of violent crimes when compared to major U.S. cities (due to the presence of several military bases in the city area), and it has the fifth-lowest unemployment rate, according to financial news website 24/7 Wall St. The unemployment rate is 4.5% (while the U.S. average is 6.3%), while there is a constantly growing demand for employees, and living conditions are always improving.
This city has the second-highest number of parks and parkland (77.7 per 1,000 residents). The only city in the U.S. that has more parkland per resident than Virginia Beach is New Orleans, but that may be due to the fact that this city has lost a lot of its residents recently. This city also has a rich culture, bringing it to life by displaying art on the streets and public places over the entire year. Virginia Beach is one of the cities with the most playgrounds in the U.S. and it is ranked as #8 on America’s Most Playful Cities.
As for the quality of schooling, public schools spend 11,864 dollars per student (the average U.S. expenditure is 12,435 dollars), and there are around 14 students per teacher, which enables teachers to pay more attention to every individual and contribute to the students’ progress. The only thing that makes living in Virginia Beach a little more difficult is that the cost of living is 9.80% higher than the U.S. average.
- 8th lowest violent crime rate
- 5th lowest unemployment rate (4.5%)
- 2nd highest number of parks per 1,000 residents
- Cost of living 9.80% higher than the U.S. average