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Looking for Home? 4 of the Best Places to Raise Kids in America

There are many great places in America to raise a family. Jobs are plentiful in these locations, and they boast an active cultural scene. Yet, they are extremely safe and affordable. Here are four possible locations that you may want to consider:

Consider Blacksburg, Virginia

Home to Virginia Technical University, children will grow up with the influence of higher education around them. There are tons of on-campus events for local families to enjoy. In fact, Blacksburg has been named the “Best Place to Raise a Family” by BusinessWeek. It has also been called “The Best College Town in the South” by Southern Living. If that sounds appealing, don’t hesitate to consider moving your family there. You’ll have a great selection of family-style homes to choose from on the market or you could always customize your own with the help of a professional, like those from David James Custom Homes.

Ponder Naperville, Illinois

Top-notch schools and low crime rates make Naperville, Illinois, one of the best places in America to raise a family. Over 600 historical buildings in the Naperville Historic District gives this community a rich sense of its heritage. This Chicago suburb is one of the wealthiest communities in America. Money Magazine has named this community the “Best Place to Live in America” while Niche has named it the “Best Place to Raise a Family.”

Think About Colorado Springs, Colorado

Parenting Magazine has named Colorado Springs, Colorado, as one of the best places to raise a family. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities, a strong stable economy and great historical features make this an outstanding place to live. Nearby, residents can explore a 1,000-foot vertical shaft gold mine shaft, ride the world’s highest cog railroad and climb Pike’s Peak. Festivals occur often during the beautiful days of spring, summer and fall.

Scrutinize Overland Park, Kansas

Located just a short distance from Kansas City, Missouri, the city of Overland Park, Kansas, boasts a strong diverse economy. It is the second-most populous city in its state. Yet, the cost of living here is much lower than in many comparable communities, and it is an extremely safe community. Parents can choose from four different public school systems depending on where they live in the community in addition to over 10 private choices. There are even quite a few college choices in the area. As for things that may attract your family, there is a children’s gold mining camp and botanical gardens among many other points of interest.

Before making a final decision, ask yourself what you are looking for a community to raise a family such as cultural attractions, a strong school system, a thriving economy or custom built housing options. Your answer to this question will tell you which community is the best one to meet your needs.

Tim Esterdahl

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

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