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From Sea to Shining Sea: Six of the Best States to Raise a Family

Looking for the perfect place to live? Here is a list of some of the best places to raise a family that will help you make an informed decision about where to start growing your family roots. These states all have something that makes them unique and family friendly.

From Sea to Shining Sea: Six of the Best States to Raise a FamilyMassachusetts

This state has some of the richest history and American spirit. Massachusetts has lots of art, culture, and history to explore with your family. Their education system is ranked #1 in the country, and Massachusetts is also home to Harvard and MIT. Massachusetts is a safe place to live, with a low crime rate and few natural disasters.

New Hampshire

You’re Going to Love it Here! New Hampshire is a great place to raise a family. The unemployment rate is low right now, and the poverty rate is the lowest in the country. Median household income is $62,647, among the highest in the nation. The education system is also exceptional, and there are 23 accredited universities in the state.

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New Jersey

Want to live in New York City but can’t afford the rent? Try moving to New Jersey, where the rent is half the price. New Jersey has a great education system, and many different prestigious colleges. The state is naturally beautiful and has a diverse population, a lovely place to start a family.


Besides the obvious, great weather and natural beauty, California offers many other advantages to families. According to a professional from a home mortgage company in Fresno, there is lots of help available to low income households, and many cities in California have rent control, and houses can be bought with low starting mortgages. California also has higher education options for low income students, namely the City College of San Francisco, which can be attended at almost no cost to the student with the help of scholarships.


Colorado is a gorgeous place to live. The education system is ranked among the top ten in the nation, and there is a lot of art and culture to explore. Take your family to the Denver Zoo, or check out one of the many First Friday events held throughout the state. You’ll find outdoor activities for everyone in your family here, and you’ll never be too remote from city culture and life.

North Dakota

North Dakotas’ economy is currently growing five times faster than the national average. The mortgage rates are low, as is the unemployment rate, and it was recently voted Gallups’ ‘Happiest State in America’! North Dakota has some awesome things to offer and is a great place to get your family started in the right track.

Deciding where to raise your family can be a difficult choice to make. Be sure to do your research to ensure you make the right choice for your kids, and keep in mind what is most important to you in home and comfort.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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