“Family-friendly” cities are those that boast good schools, quality health care facilities and plenty of opportunities for family fun.
The list ranks cities based on their housing costs, local amenities, school districts and 41 key metrics.
Overland Park, Kansas, took the top spot as the country’s single-best place to raise a family. The town ranked No. 1 for affordability, No. 4 for socioeconomics, and No. 5 for health and safety.
In addition, Overland Park claims the lowest share of families living below the poverty line at 3.4 percent.
Rounding out the top 10 for most family-friendly cities are:
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Three West Coast cities made the grade, but most family-friendly communities are clearly in the country’s mid-section.
On the other end of the spectrum is Birmingham, Alabama. It achieved the dubious distinction as the worst city in the country for families.
Other cities low on the list include:
San Bernardino, California
Newark, New Jersey
If you’re planning on having a family, you’ll have to look harder in the South to find the amenities most desired by families.