Though many may view some large city urban areas as dangerous, dirty and expensive, cities are actually fantastic places to live and raise a family. Diverse cultural experiences, school systems featuring a variety of different approaches to education, a range of different geographical types and climates – there is truly a city somewhere in the US to suit every family.
While all cities offer their own unique appeal, there are some that rise to the top of the pile, delivering high marks in a variety of categories such as culture, the economy and jobs, a healthy environment and safety.
The city on the Saint Charles River ranks high in education and healthcare. The public schools in Boston have an enormous budget and spend nearly three times the national average of $9,000 per student. Several high-caliber hospitals call Boston home, notably Children’s Hospital Boston and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Boston is home to many historic and natural locations, perfect for the family who wants to stay in shape and expand their minds as well. The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is filled with scenic natural paths, perfect for walking, jogging or biking with the entire family. The Back Bay Fens is a great place for kids to play and explore. Formerly a saltwater marsh, the land was drained and filled, turning it into a naturalized complex with community gardens, a playground and basketball courts. Beacon Hill and its noteworthy Charles Street, the Boston Public Garden and Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
Frontier living means plenty of outdoor play, rodeos, excellent schools and a low crime rate. Add to that a low unemployment rate thanks to the F.E. Warren Air Force Base and Cheyenne makes an appealing picture. A highlight of the year is the family-friendly Cheyenne’s Frontier Days festival. A celebration of life on the range, the event features a parade, a carnival, chuck wagon cook-offs and a rodeo.
There are plenty of places in and around the city of Cheyenne to enjoy amazing hiking, fishing and horseback riding with the kids. In the city, the Greenway epitomizes this outdoor atmosphere. A concrete path that winds through over 30 miles of the city, the Greenway offers a safe, ten-foot-wide path for bay strollers and kids on bike to ride.
Parents looking for property for sale in Florida may take a closer look at Jacksonville. The city is noteworthy for more than its state university and professional football team, the Jaguars, and has plenty to offer families interested in a Florida lifestyle. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, the city offers balmy winds and a host of palm trees to its 1.3 million metro area residents. Jacksonville’s dedication to outdoor activities is unparalleled, and the more than 337 park locations covering over 80,000 acres comprise the largest urban park system in the nation. Jacksonville is also home to a 10-acre city park called Kids Kampus. Dedicated to kids, the park features a host of educational activities and playground structures designed to enhance children’s minds as it exercises their bodies.