Family Circle picks 10 best towns for families

The magazine looked for medium-size towns with good schools, low crime, green space, financial stability and affordable housing.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jun 28, 2013 2:26PM

Boys riding bicycles (© Kane Skennar/Getty Images)Here’s the 2013 list of the 10 Best Towns for Families, compiled annually by Family Circle.


The magazine decided a medium-size town was best, so it looked at towns with populations of 10,000 to 150,000. The researchers winnowed the selection down to towns with a high concentration of median incomes between $55,000 and $100,000, plus affordable housing, quality schools, green space, financial stability, low crime and access to health care. Then the editors selected the top 10 towns.


Family Circle's list is totally different from the list compiled by Coldwell Banker of the top 10 "booming suburbs," which looked at employment, schools and services, as well as other factors.


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The Family Circle editors didn’t rank the towns from 1 to 10. This is the list, in alphabetical order:

  • Allen, Texas: This suburb of Dallas has seen its population more than triple in the past 20 years, to 83,731. The high school now has 5,000 students. One innovative program: The Foundation for Allen Schools provides grants to public school teachers for creative projects, as well as awarding scholarships. Median home price is $213,515.
  • Boulder City, Nev.: This Las Vegas suburb has 15,618 residents and lots of recreational venues, including Lake Mead and White Rock Canyon. Median home price is $163,000.
  • Madison, Ala.: Just west of Huntsville, Madison has a population of 43,932. Its high-tech industry makes for a town of brainiacs and a lot of emphasis on science education, residents say. Median home price is $199,591.
  • Marion, Iowa: This suburb of Cedar Rapids has a population of 34,902. Residents talk about how friendly and hospitable their neighbors are, as well as praising the quality of the schools. Median home price is $139,750.
  • Morton, Ill.: This suburb of Peoria has a population of 16,494. The town is known for its annual Pumpkin Festival, and local businesses can 85% of the world's pumpkins. Median home price is $167,000.
  • Rio Rancho, N.M.: This growing town outside Albuquerque, with a population of 93,091, is the third largest city in New Mexico. Its population has grown 70% since 2000. Median home price is $166,451.
  • Suwanee, Ga.: This Atlanta suburb has a population of 15,279, and 49% of residents have children. One feature is the Suwanee Creek Greenway, which connects about 400 acres of woods and wetlands. Median home price is $201,900.
  • Troy, Mich.: More than 80 languages are spoken in this diverse Detroit suburb of 79,838 residents. That gives city events an international flavor. The median home price is $180,000.
  • Upper Arlington, Ohio: This suburb of Columbus, home to Ohio State University, has 33,956 residents. It’s a July 4 tradition for volunteers to drive through town reminding residents to come to the big parade in a unique commemoration of Paul Revere’s ride. Median home price is $280,000.
  • West Hartford, Conn.: This suburb of Hartford, the state capital, has a population of 63,583. "It's an engaged community," resident Earl Exum, an aerospace executive and father of three, told Family Circle. "If people see a need, they fill it." Median home price is $279,500.
Jul 14, 2013 1:29AM
Much better than who---your  drug dumbed no rules It's all about me  idiots who think that the world owes  them something?
Jul 13, 2013 9:26PM
The West already has way too many from the East coming over. Once they realize the West is made up of people much better than them hopefully they'll move back to where they came from. Gun Control? That's where I teach my 4 kids since age 2 where the safety is, how to aim and pull the trigger, control the gun with education not mass fear. Keep your east-coast values out of the wild west and I'll respectfully keep mine to myself. Stay put East-Coast, you're not welcome here!

Jul 13, 2013 8:00PM
Jul 13, 2013 4:30PM

any place in New Mexico certainly cannot be on the list?


Jul 13, 2013 1:37PM
So what ever Happened to Rochester Minnesota!  Suddenly become INhospitable to families?  Best Healthcare on the planet, Mayo Clinic, Excellent school system, more languages spoken here than in the UN!  Lots of green space/parks, and practically NO crime...So, Where's the beef!?  What does median home price mean, anyway?
Jul 13, 2013 12:22PM
Nevada and New Mexico seem to be in the West. It's a list of 10, not the only 10 communities in the country worth considering.
Jul 13, 2013 10:46AM
I lived in Upper Arlington for many years.  It's a classic middle-to-upper-middle-class Midwest suburb.  Very good schools, low crime rate and streets clean enough to eat off of.  On the other hand, it's insular and a little on the smug side.  If you didn't grow up there, it's hard to become part of the old guard (and you may not want to, anyway).  Overall, not a bad place to raise a family.       
Jul 13, 2013 8:03AM
This is total bull they name Washington D C as one of the best, get real it got the most murders per cap.  
Jul 13, 2013 6:42AM
Anyone notice the home prices? Not for the working class unless you own your own business or are professional..
Jul 13, 2013 6:41AM

where ever there is not a large population of blacks and Hispanics.Its not being a racist..... I just don't like violent crimes and being robbed.

Jul 13, 2013 4:34AM
Rio Rancho?  Are you kidding me?  It is part of Albuquerque who has the highest crime rate, the worst schools and the worst child well-being in the country.  
Jul 8, 2013 3:09AM
looks to me like the worst ten places
Jul 5, 2013 9:09AM
there is a place in ohio called the bottoms its 5 minutes from downtown and 5 minutes from Upper Arlington why isn't it taking off
Jul 5, 2013 7:57AM
Re:  Mary B & the Great Northwest...after 20 yrs raising 2 great kids, Moving out to Corvallis Oregon, anothr city left off list!
Jul 5, 2013 7:50AM
What happened to Rochester, Minn??  Far and AWAY the Beest city to raise a family in the entire country!  How could you misss it???  Get back top me!

You know, you people at MSN, as well as other news agencies need to realize there are other areas in the US other than the east. Why would us westerners even consider moving to the east to raise our families or eventually retire? Why would we want to move to an area that suffers both consistently bad weather as well as economic problems? I can't think of a reason. Those that are publishing and making these decisions really need to get in a car and head west. They need to see the wonders of Montana, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. Other than LA and San Francisco, there are many wonderful places to live in California, also. Onward.....


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