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!
5. Des Moines, IA
Iowa isn't just corn and politics. The city of Des Moines ranks in the Top 10 for both education and health, offering kids the opportunity to experience city life in the midst of America's farmland.
Budding engineers or biologists will enjoy the Science Center of Iowa, and nothing beats the clear night skies of the Iowa plains for stargazing. Des Moines's low unemployment rate of 6.1 percent is partly due to big employers in the insurance industry, including The Principal Financial Group, which has made nine appearances on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list.
Families can keep fit by walking the paved trails and attending free Yoga in the Park classes on Saturdays at Grays Lake Park.