Top U.S. Cities to Raise Your Kids In

Madison, Wis.

This city, the capital of Wisconsin, will never let you get bored. It provides a wide range of family activities, indoors and outdoors, and all year long. There are also several city beaches, trails for walking, running and biking, and five lakes to enjoy in.  USA Today ranked this city as the fourth best cycling town in the U.S. because the biking paths spread all across the city and there is a well developed bike share program.

Madison has been ranked as #8 of the Best Green Cities, mostly because of the many parks that occupy the most of the city’s area. There are 22.3 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents, which ranks this city #22 in the U.S. when it comes to space occupied by parks. Moreover, Madison provided 200 miles of hiking and biking trails for its residents, which led citizens to switch from cars to bicycles, and now there are more bicycles than cars in traffic. This city has a strong economy which is improving by the day, and the rate of unemployment is the third lowest in all of the U.S. (5.1%).

Madison is the third best city when looking at the number of adults that have at least a high school diploma. The housing system in Madison is developed in such a way that it proves very beneficial for young professionals. According to The Capital Times, young educated professionals are moving into high-density rental apartment units that are near their places of work and their children’s schools.

Summary:

  • 4th best cycling town (according to USA Today)
  • 8th best green city (22nd highest number of parks per 1,000 residents)
  • 3th lowest unemployment rate (5.1%)
  • 3th highest percentage of high school graduates
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