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Best suburbs for raising a family in America

  • Best suburbs for raising a family in America

    All across America, many families are choosing to forgo city life for more family-friendly suburbs. According to a recent survey from The Harris Poll, nearly one-third of Americans are looking to move from denser areas to more open spaces, with many citing the coronavirus as a primary concern. With space in urban districts already at a premium, many city dwellers are contemplating making the move to regions with a smaller population, larger lots for houses, and more room in general.

    Health and safety aside, families are also deciding to move in order to enjoy a more family-friendly lifestyle, which can include enjoying the proximity to bigger cities without the added stress of city life, plus better public schools, walkable neighborhoods, and a stronger sense of community. Deciding which suburb might be the best one for a family can be a challenge, but The Simple Dollar has made that decision a little bit easier by putting together information on the best suburbs for raising a family in America.

    Using rankings provided by Niche, The Simple Dollar compiled a list of 25 suburbs in America that are the best for raising a family. The population of the suburb, median home value, median rent, median household income, and Niche’s grade of public schools in that suburb are also included in each slide. Niche calculated the rankings by providing a comprehensive assessment of key factors —the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for families. Data was released in late 2019, and is updated as of 2020. Check out more information about Niche’s methodology here.

    Continue reading to take a look at some of the best suburbs in the United States to consider calling home.

  • #25. University Gardens, New York

    - City: New York City
    - Population: 4,202
    - Median home value: $750,500
    - Median rent: $1,552
    - Median household income: $115,536
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    Located in Nassau County, University Gardens is a suburb of New York City, offering residents a suburban vibe while also being close to the urban amenities of the city itself. In addition to its ranking as being one of the best suburbs for raising a family, it also made the top five in Niche’s review of places with the best public schools in New York.

  • #24. Rollingwood, Texas

    - City: Austin
    - Population: 1,569
    - Median home value: $991,400
    - Median rent: $3,501
    - Median household income: $190,795
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    The small population of just 1,569 residents gives this little suburb of Rollingwood, Texas, a rural feel, yet it’s only about 5 miles away from downtown Austin. Originally incorporated in 1955 with just 28 homes, the area has since grown to include parks and green space, excellent schools, and a vibrant commercial district with restaurants, retail shops, and local businesses.

     

  • #23. Short Hills, New Jersey

    - City: Millburn
    - Population: 13,134
    - Median home value: $1,361,500
    - Median rent: $2,588
    - Median household income: $250,001
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    Short Hills, New Jersey, is one of the most affluent communities in the area, with average home prices hitting close to $1.5 million. Niche also ranked Short Hills #1 for suburbs with the best public schools in New Jersey, and #3 for best places to raise a family in New Jersey. Residents say the low crime rates and exceptional schools are just some of the reasons they love living here.

  • #22. North Potomac, Maryland

    - City: Potomac
    - Population: 24,148
    - Median home value: $663,300
    - Median rent: $2,130
    - Median household income: $159,232
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    North Potomac is located in Maryland, but is considered a suburb of Washington, D.C. In addition to its top-rated schools and tight-knit community, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy here, with nearby Seneca Creek State Park offering hiking, fishing, a playground, and disc golf. Those who are more inclined toward arts and culture won’t be disappointed, as the township has several museums and historic buildings, as well as seasonal festivals, concerts, and other events.

  • #21. Okemos, Michigan

    - City: Lansing
    - Population: 23,912
    - Median home value: $231,100
    - Median rent: $965
    - Median household income: $78,080
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    With a population of just under 24,000, this Lansing, Michigan, suburb is small enough to be homey, but not so small as to leave you feeling stifled. Schools here are some of the best, with residents citing myriad options in advanced placement classes, strong music and art programs, and plenty of cultural diversity within the schools and community.

  • #20. Ardmore, Pennsylvania

    - City: Philadelphia
    - Population: 13,083
    - Median home value: $328,800
    - Median rent: $1,342
    - Median household income: $89,923
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    This Philadelphia suburb isn’t just highly-rated for being a great place to raise a family, but also made the top five in Niche’s rankings of best places to live in Pennsylvania. Amenities in the community include outdoor parks and a public pool, as well as shopping, restaurants, and seasonal festivals.

     

  • #19. Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

    - City: Mountain Lakes
    - Population: 4,274
    - Median home value: $849,100
    - Median rent: $1,430
    - Median household income: $216,250
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    Aptly named, Mountain Lakes has no less than nine lakes encompassing its 3.2-mile borough. This planned development was originally founded more than 100 years ago, and its combined natural beauty and urban conveniences continues to entice new residents. Mountain Lakes has also been ranked in the top five by Niche for best place to raise a family in New Jersey, and best suburb to build a house in New Jersey.

  • #18. South Kensington, Maryland

    - City: Kensington
    - Population: 8,769
    - Median home value: $736,300
    - Median rent: $2,164
    - Median household income: $181,941
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    South Kensington has a population of just under 9,000 and has been ranked not only as a great place to raise a family, but also earned #1 spots in Niche’s rankings for best places to live in Maryland, best places to raise a family in Maryland, and best places to retire in Maryland. Median home values here are just over $730,000, with 90% of the residents owning as opposed to renting.

  • #17. Upper Montclair, New Jersey

    - City: Montclair
    - Population: 11,744
    - Median home value: $751,500
    - Median rent: $1,830
    - Median household income: $195,560
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    Upper Montclair, located within the larger community of Montclair, is a small suburb with just over 11,000 residents. Its public school system is a big draw for families, as the Montclair School District employs an award-winning magnet system, upward of 25 advanced placement classes for high schoolers, and a wide range of language learning opportunities for grades K-12. In addition to being ranked as one of the best suburbs to raise a family in America, Niche gives Upper Montclair a #1 ranking for best suburbs to live in New Jersey.

  • #16. Syosset, New York

    - City: New York City
    - Population: 19,559
    - Median home value: $642,500
    - Median rent: $2,256
    - Median household income: $159,375
    - Public schools Niche grade: A+

    This New York suburb manages to maintain a rural feel despite having a population of nearly 20,000. Schools here are highly-ranked, placing in the top five for best public schools in New York, and the community is also rated as one of the best places to raise a family in New York.

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