Did your hometown make the list?
Holla if you live in Overland Park, Kansas! The mid-sized Midwestern city, home to botanical gardens, farmer’s markets, bike trails, and a state-of-the-art soccer complex, was just named the best place to raise a family in the United States.
What does this mean, other than major bragging rights for Kansans? Well, if you’re looking to move to a new city where you can enjoy a child-friendly lifestyle, take advantage of an endless array of recreational and career opportunities, and hobnob with other young families, this survey gives you a more scientific way to choose than just throwing a dart at a map of the U.S.
WalletHub’s team of analysts examined the 150 most populous cities in the country, crunching the numbers for everything from the availability of affordable housing, good public schools, and daycare, to crime rates, air quality, average commuting time—even the number of playgrounds, skate parks, and sports teams.
Here’s how things shook out: while New York City scored first in the number of parks and attractions, the Big Apple sank to the bottom of the list for affordable housing; in the end, it landed right to the middle of the pack, finishing at number 57. Meanwhile, small-city surprises like Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Lincoln, Nebraska, hit the top ten. And if you want to live in a city with the lowest divorce rates, head west to California: Fremont, Irvine, and San Jose swept the top three spots for couples staying together. The highest divorce rates? Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Birmingham, Alabama.
You’ll find the most families with young kids in Aurora, Illinois, while the retirement destination of Scottsdale, Arizona had the least (though those Scottsdale adults have the highest median family income, when adjusted for cost of living).
Rounding out the top ten after Overland Park are:
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Plano, Texas
- Seattle, Washington
- Fremont, California
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Irvine, California
- Lincoln, Nebraska
Go ahead, start Googling “houses for sale” in those cities.