2011 Best Cities for Families
The top places to live, based on the quality of schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs, and parkland. Plus, see the complete list of Best Cities!
2. Austin, TX
It's no surprise that Austin kept its second-place ranking from last year—it's a way-cool progressive city in a warm and sunny climate. City pools stay open year-round, and the bass are always biting at Town Lake.
The self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, Austin also hosts the annual South by Southwest music, film, and interactive festival. It's a mecca for innovators—Michael Dell launched his tech company here—and Samsung, Google, and Facebook all have offices.
With an abundance of pediatricians, 27,000 acres of parkland, and plenty of farmers markets and food co-ops, Austin is a well-rounded, healthy hometown.