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!
3. Portland, Maine
New to this year's list, Portland is another small, northeastern city that lures parents with clean air, plenty of outdoor space for kids to play, and a laidback lifestyle that encourages healthy, active family living. Low crime and easy commuting make this coastal town an inviting locale for working families. It also snagged third place in our education rankings (see the Best Cities for Education). Are you a locavore family? The Public Market House exemplifies the community aspect of living in Portland with its commitment to supporting small businesses and fresh Maine produce. Want an easy family vacation? A three-hour drive brings you to one of our country’s most beautiful wonders, Acadia National Park, where kids can take part in a Junior Ranger Program or various other children's programming. Away from the hustle of the big urban centers of the Northeast, Portland is a tranquil kid-friendly city to call home.