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!
4. Austin, Texas (2011: #2)
Austin is a unique oasis in the midst of the Lone Star State. With a temperate climate and lots of green space, Austin is the kind of place where families can take strolls through the city and participate in numerous outdoor festivals. "Kids are a part of the music culture here," says Tara Doolittle, a mother of two kids ages 2 and 5 who works for the University of Texas. "Organizers usually make sure events are family-friendly." Doolittle also says the city's relaxed pace and easy commute make it easier for working parents to balance family and career. The Austin Independent School District (AISD) recently announced a $320,000 grant towards the Active Play Project, a program that encourages kids to get active by providing outdoor activities. AISD also announced a $1 million anonymous donation to support the arts education program in the district with hopes of becoming an urban model for using arts and creativity to engage students and increase academic achievement. Already known as the Live Music Capital of the World thanks to its renowned music festivals, the city hopes to foster creativity in their kids to make Austin the Creative Capital of the World.