U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-22-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Betsyville
103 posts, read 237,091 times
Reputation: 122

Advertisements

I've always wondered where in the US is the best place according to you, to have children? Or do you believe there is no best place?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-22-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
12,521 posts, read 23,215,653 times
Reputation: 4890
Ask each person you'll literally get a million different answers.

The truth is there is no "best" place to raise children although children from rural areas do tend to be raised to respect more saying "yes sir" & "yes ma'am". On the downside they tend to be less educated & are more hard working physically, but that can be a good thing depending on how you look at it. City & suburban life isn't all its cracked up to be anyways. Sometimes its the simpler things in life that matter most, not how many LV handbags you have or what country club you belong to or what soccer team your kid plays on.

Last edited by Metro Matt; 12-22-2011 at 10:36 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2011, 06:37 AM
 
21,313 posts, read 30,657,356 times
Reputation: 19847
I think in terms of commitment to educational funding, school performance, clean air/water and public safety concerns states like New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota would top the list.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2011, 06:42 AM
 
57,259 posts, read 81,672,924 times
Reputation: 12696
Quote:
Originally Posted by kyle19125 View Post
I think in terms of commitment to educational funding, school performance, clean air/water and public safety concerns states like New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota would top the list.
You might be right and I'd add Wisconsin and most of Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, NJ and Upstate NY too. I will say that you can find such places in any state though.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2011, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
4,501 posts, read 7,577,420 times
Reputation: 4396
Interesting topic. Personally, although I recognize that state-level policies can have a significant influence on the conditions for raising children (e.g., public education, public safety, environmental safety, etc.), I think it really does tend to come down to the local level. Affordability of housing and access to jobs to make a family-sustaining wage should also not be discounted. That's becoming increasingly hard in several states that are often considered tops in raising children. Here is a ranking from Business Week that identified best places to raise children in each state:

Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010: Affordable, safe, and family-friendly - BusinessWeek

Last edited by Duderino; 12-23-2011 at 08:02 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2011, 09:59 AM
 
413 posts, read 657,315 times
Reputation: 698
Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed

Last edited by Yac; 12-28-2011 at 05:31 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
12,083 posts, read 34,295,140 times
Reputation: 16849
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duderino View Post
Interesting topic. Personally, although I recognize that state-level policies can have a significant influence on the conditions for raising children (e.g., public education, public safety, environmental safety, etc.), I think it really does tend to come down to the local level. Affordability of housing and access to jobs to make a family-sustaining wage should also not be discounted. That's becoming increasingly hard in several states that are often considered tops in raising children. Here is a ranking from Business Week that identified best places to raise children in each state:

Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010: Affordable, safe, and family-friendly - BusinessWeek
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Bowen View Post
Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed
Chuck both of those "studies" right out the window. One is for only the top 50 largest cities in the US and the other limits the cities to those over 45,000 in each state. There are tons of places in every State that are small towns or cities that are superb places to raise kids. By eliminating them from consideration they are showing their biases and overlooking some real gems.

Last edited by Yac; 12-28-2011 at 05:31 AM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
17,486 posts, read 19,743,118 times
Reputation: 13326
I think practically anywhere in the U.S. can be considered a good place to have and raise children in, as long as they're not in high-crime areas or neighborhoods. So, the answer is basically "wherever you like."

For me, the DC area where I live has a lot of excellent places to raise children in. It is very family-friendly.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2011, 09:07 PM
 
159 posts, read 266,676 times
Reputation: 168
Des Moines IA or Omaha NE. Both are not to bad or not too small but not huge. There's enough things to do, stable economies, affordable housing, and more.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-24-2011, 03:02 AM
 
7,389 posts, read 13,309,552 times
Reputation: 9008
Doesn't the OP mean "have children" as in give birth?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top