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Named the best cities for raising children in the United States

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As parents, we begin to see the world differently. We are less interested in the proximity of the house to restaurants and bars - the presence of a kindergarten, school and library nearby is becoming a key factor. The economic component is also important: raising a child is not a cheap task; as well as safety and environmental situation in the city.

Edition Time collected a list of US cities with high-quality education, low crime rates, a variety of activities for the child, accessibility, and some other characteristics that are important for families with children.

1. North Arlington, NJ

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 60,64%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 95%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 796

For those looking to live in a small town while enjoying the privileges of a big city, North Arlington is a great choice. Located less than 15 miles from New York City's financial district, this location provides locals with ideal family home grounds, great schools, and low crime rates.

The average grades of local schoolchildren in both math and English are among the highest among US cities.

Sports lovers will enjoy easy access to the nearby sports complex. Maadowlandsin which the stadium is located MetLifeas well as the hippodrome Maadowlands.

Weather permitting, residents can enjoy nature at Riverside County Park, which has tennis courts, a dog park, a fitness center, and a playground.

2. Monterey Park, California

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 58,4%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 92,3%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 385

Monterey Park’s enviable location, just eight miles east of downtown Los Angeles, allows parents to work in a large city while remaining close to the family nest. But in the town itself there is something to do. Residents can visit the weekly farmers market, more than a dozen parks and the Amphitheater in Barns Park, where many free concerts are held.

The level of secondary education in Monterey Park (92,3%) is much higher than the average for the state of California (78,7%).

Due to its ethnically diverse population, the town offers dishes of diverse cuisines and cultural events that reflect the traditions of different countries.

3. Fishers, Indiana

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 74,1%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 95%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 88

Fishers, a small town 16 miles outside Indianapolis, is focusing on creating more jobs in the community, attracting companies with major city redevelopment projects, and the city investing in new startups and innovative offerings. According to forecasts Moody's Analytics, by 2021, the number of jobs in the city will increase by 11,6%.

At the same time, there are restaurants, boutiques and a farmers market in Fisher, which in 2017 was recognized as one of the best in Indiana. AT Nickel Plate District Amphitheater Various seasonal holidays, concerts, exhibitions of works of art take place.

At the same time, there are 24 parks and 104 miles of nature hiking routes in the city.

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4. Wylie, TX

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 76,2%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 94,9%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 64

Located just 35 minutes from Dallas, Wylie is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. The city hosts many festivals: JazzArts, local rodeo, a variety of hauls, as well as open-air concerts. The historic center of Wylie attracts residents and visitors with its many shops and historic architecture.

Thanks to Wylie’s proximity to Lavon and Ray Hubbard Lakes, families can enjoy the many hiking trails and fishing spots in the area, not to mention other activities such as cycling, camping, boating and swimming.

The crime rate is much lower than the state average. The city is also proud of its booming economy, low unemployment and employment growth.

5. Lone Tree, Colorado

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 63,3%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 90%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 99

Lone Tree is a short drive from Denver, making it easy to travel to work or relax in a big city. But Lon Three itself has a lot to do.

Despite its relatively small size, the town boasts its own art center, which often hosts musical and dance performances, as well as the state’s largest shopping center. There are also many parks, cross-country and cycling routes, from which there is a magnificent view of the mountains.

In addition, the city has an extremely low crime rate - another important feature for families.

6. Olive Branch, Mississippi

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 67,8%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 90%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 59

Olive Branch offers easy access to Memphis, a high quality of life and the historical charm of a small town.

Families love Olive Branch for its good schools, safe streets, an abundance of family activities, and the affordability of living - the average home price here is $ 185 and annual property taxes averaged $ 092 per year. The city has a weekly farmers' market, film screenings and open-air concerts. Bronsel's Bonsai, a bonsai garden for children, attracts many guests from other localities to Olive Branch.

7. Dickinson, North Dakota

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 64,4%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 92%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 2

Thanks to the oil boom in North Dakota, Dickinson has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. It has an unemployment rate of 4% and a strong economy focused on the energy industry, agriculture and manufacturing.

The city is also home to Dickinson State University and the Dickinson Center for the Arts, whose collection contains works by local emerging artists and artifacts by American settlers. The Ukrainian Institute of Culture also operates in Dickinson, where seminars on the traditional painting of Easter eggs are held.

Another great advantage is the amazing breadth of available options for outdoor activities: from fishing and hunting to hiking, cycling and horse riding. Also in the city you can sometimes watch the northern lights.

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8. Villa Park, Illinois

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 65,1%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 89%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 207

The city is strategically located just 20 miles west of Chicago. Villa Park boasts a variety of local amenities and activities as well as a low crime rate. Unemployment is low, incomes are above the state average, house prices are around $ 263 - all great for couples looking to start a family and raise a child in a safe environment.

The city also has its own nine-hole golf course.

9. Arlington, Massachusetts

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 60,1%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 92%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 341

Just six miles northwest of Boston, Arlington is a great place for families looking to enrich their children with historical knowledge. This city played a big role in the Revolution in the United States.

Residents can return to this era by visiting the Jason Russell House Museum, originally built in 1740 and the site of the bloodiest first day of the struggle during the revolution.

Other notable landmarks include the oldest working factory in the country, the Schwabl Mill, the Robbins Library, and the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue. According to rumors, Sam's real uncle - Samuel Wilson - lived in Arlington.

For nature lovers, the city offers many forest trails and parks for children.

10. Ashbourne, VA

  • Percentage of population under the age of 50 years: 71,1%
  • Part of the population with a high school diploma: 93%
  • Number of libraries within 15 miles from city center: 62

Located in 30 miles north-west of Washington, DC, Ashburn is known to many sports fans, as the headquarters of the Washington NFL team are located here, but residents appreciate it for its amenities, low crime rate and a strong economy.

Ashbourne is home to the University of Virginia, George Washington University of Technology and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute research campus. According to Moody's analysts, in the period between 2016 and 2021, the city’s economy will grow by 15%.

Ashbourne has many attractions for people of all ages: open-air concerts, races, a farmers market and open-air film screenings.

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