Top 10 Best Cities for Families
The best cities to live in, based on the quality of schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs, and parkland. Plus, see the complete list of Best Cities!
6. Arlington, Virginia and Washington, DC
As last year's best of the best, Washington DC, stirred up a lot of controversy. Critics focused on the city's reputation for crime and poor performing schools while ignoring the large number of Blue Ribbon schools and the unique cultural cache of raising a kid in our nation's capitol. This year, we figured we should include the broader DC area and include Arlington, VA, which is nestled right across the Potomac River. Arlington shares the capitol's amazingly low unemployment rate thanks to a plethora of government jobs and numerous corporate headquarters. The Metro system connects Arlington to DC, giving residents the ability to live in Arlington and work in the capital or vice versa. Houses are comparatively expensive, but low property taxes help ease the burden. Education is a focus in Arlington with 90 percent of high school graduates continuing their education and nearly 37 percent of Arlingtonians holding graduate or professional degrees. With a bustling economy, the Arlington/DC area provides great jobs for parents and a great cultural spot to raise kids.