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!
4. Minnaeapolis - St. Paul, MN
The name “Minneapolis” means “city of lakes,” and these twin metropolises have an extensive park and recreation system featuring all that waterfront property. Jogging and bike paths wind around 13 miles of shoreline, earning Minneapolis the designation of being a Bike Friendly City from the League of American Bicyclists.
Also a cultural hot spot, Minneapolis is home to the Hennepin Theatre Stages, which hosts Kids' Nights performances (The Lion King debuted here before heading to Broadway). Or visit the stunning Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum to inspire a child's interest in architecture.
The Twin Cities have their bases covered when it comes to pro sports—there are baseball, basketball, hockey, and football teams—and education. Students here come in a close second behind Boston in reading and math scores.