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!
8. Omaha, NE
Omaha moves up a notch from ninth place on last year's list, securing a spot in the top 10 for the second year. This quaint Midwestern city with the Missouri River winding through it has strong roots in Native American culture, as well as a historic African-American music scene, with a vibrant jazz presence.
The cobblestone streets in downtown Omaha hark back to the past, but modern art peppers the landscape as well. Pick a sunny day and follow the Art Walk guide to the 22 installations throughout the downtown area. Add in strong schools and a thriving job market, and growing up in Omaha becomes an enviable proposition.