When you’re in college and still carrying around your beer bong and living in a dorm, you probably want different things out of a city than when you have kids and are ready to settle down. Same goes if you’re single and want to meet people. Before you have kids, the idea of a quiet, idyllic city with a great school system is probably way down the list after clubs, bars, restaurants, and cheap sushi.
Things change when you have a family. Say you want the best for your kids but you also don’t like the idea of moving back to your tiny hometown and living right next to your mom and dad. Say also that you still want to have a full life, despite the diaper changing and midnight tantrums. There are plenty of U.S. cities that are great for balancing work, life, and family. Cities that give your kids the best opportunities and give you the best options for date night.
Let’s see what Parenting.com calls the top five cities in America for raising a family, as of 2012. Maybe it will inspire you to pack up and move!