Whether you’re planning to move or just daydreaming about it, relocating you and your family to a new area can be both exciting and stressful. Fortunately, WalletHub has alleviated some of the anxiety by comparing 150 of America’s biggest cities to determine which ones are the most family friendly.

The personal finance social network based its research on 30 key metrics, including the relative cost of housing, the quality of local school and healthcare systems and the opportunities for fun and recreation.

Source: WalletHub

 

Overall Rank City “Family Activities & Fun” Rank “Health & Safety” Rank “Education & Child Care” Rank “Affordability” Rank “Socioeconomic Environment” Rank
1 Overland Park, KS 80 5 32 8 4
2 Plano, TX 62 15 8 7 3
3 Virginia Beach, VA 68 2 3 43 14
4 Lincoln, NE 17 19 66 1 8
5 Sioux Falls, SD 64 42 57 2 12
6 Madison, WI 53 33 26 13 21
7 Fremont, CA 58 1 81 23 1
8 Chesapeake, VA 101 6 3 35 13
9 Colorado Springs, CO 10 74 36 12 18
10 Grand Prairie, TX 48 52 8 23 24
11 Irvine, CA 25 3 81 29 6
12 Amarillo, TX 73 87 8 10 38
13 Arlington, TX 57 72 8 14 41
14 Gilbert, AZ 38 21 125 3 2
15 Omaha, NE 5 65 66 5 30
16 Fort Worth, TX 8 83 8 15 58
17 Boise, ID 9 27 65 21 19
18 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 106 11 81 18 7
19 Corpus Christi, TX 60 73 8 11 59
20 Irving, TX 76 48 8 42 26
21 Wichita, KS 47 113 32 9 54
22 Austin, TX 55 54 8 37 49
23 Anchorage, AK 4 107 111 16 10
24 Chandler, AZ 28 46 125 6 5
25 Lubbock, TX 51 101 8 20 56
26 Aurora, IL 85 23 52 40 46
27 San Jose, CA 16 8 81 71 15
28 Garland, TX 98 63 8 48 33
29 Santa Clarita, CA 134 7 81 31 16
30 Des Moines, IA 46 75 34 17 94
31 El Paso, TX 6 47 8 74 85
32 Seattle, WA 99 90 48 19 37
33 Minneapolis, MN 12 112 28 33 65
34 Peoria, AZ 133 41 125 4 11
35 San Antonio, TX 42 117 8 41 61
36 Raleigh, NC 18 62 115 38 39
37 St. Paul, MN 11 82 28 65 70
38 Huntington Beach, CA 148 12 81 49 9
39 Columbus, OH 30 13 39 62 88
40 Scottsdale, AZ 74 30 125 21 17
41 Fontana, CA 66 43 81 47 34
42 Denver, CO 24 111 36 52 55
43 San Diego, CA 41 39 81 72 23
44 Aurora, CO 78 98 36 56 36
45 Bakersfield, CA 1 102 81 25 66
46 Chula Vista, CA 33 28 81 77 30
47 Laredo, TX 31 76 8 69 91
48 Lexington, KY 71 17 123 39 50
49 Newport News, VA 132 24 3 97 73
50 Santa Rosa, CA 81 4 81 100 28
51 Pembroke Pines, FL 140 29 70 54 27
52 Oklahoma City, OK 22 129 68 28 48
53 Salt Lake City, UT 56 136 60 26 44
54 Pittsburgh, PA 100 80 30 34 105
55 Charlotte, NC 35 86 115 46 57
56 Fort Wayne, IN 89 79 58 32 82
57 Oxnard, CA 27 33 81 106 43
58 Cape Coral, FL 146 18 70 84 29
59 Brownsville, TX 13 69 8 104 117
60 Vancouver, WA 109 61 48 67 90
61 Henderson, NV 72 36 147 27 47
62 Spokane, WA 83 125 48 36 96
63 Riverside, CA 50 78 81 82 52
64 Houston, TX 75 140 8 68 84
65 Nashville, TN 130 109 44 57 60
66 Norfolk, VA 81 44 3 123 111
67 Durham, NC 65 77 115 60 64
68 Sacramento, CA 2 67 81 91 98
69 Dallas, TX 62 97 8 110 104
70 Port St. Lucie, FL 149 13 70 87 45
71 Portland, OR 90 32 122 85 62
72 Ontario, CA 79 53 81 101 53
73 Greensboro, NC 33 55 115 88 72
74 Toledo, OH 70 26 39 92 142
75 Mesa, AZ 115 84 125 30 30
76 Anaheim, CA 61 51 81 121 40
77 Tulsa, OK 15 132 68 50 95
78 Worcester, MA 120 35 24 102 122
79 Oceanside, CA 144 37 81 108 20
80 Jacksonville, FL 94 88 70 59 71
81 Jersey City, NJ 135 44 1 125 103
82 Garden Grove, CA 124 25 81 118 35
83 Santa Ana, CA 54 38 81 131 51
84 Louisville, KY 105 66 123 53 67
85 Moreno Valley, CA 96 64 81 89 68
86 Tampa, FL 37 68 70 78 114
87 St. Petersburg, FL 84 125 70 55 75
88 Boston, MA 110 31 24 123 112
89 San Francisco, CA 125 91 81 103 25
90 Kansas City, MO 59 149 54 58 89
91 Phoenix, AZ 7 108 125 64 81
92 Honolulu, HI 114 9 110 143 22
93 Glendale, CA 147 10 81 141 42
94 Richmond, VA 128 39 3 129 138
95 Winston-Salem, NC 52 92 115 93 106
96 Fayetteville, NC 93 100 115 86 79
97 Glendale, AZ 45 131 125 50 78
98 Tallahassee, FL 116 89 70 76 107
99 Knoxville, TN 137 124 44 95 93
100 Tacoma, WA 139 139 48 60 102
101 Milwaukee, WI 20 121 26 136 121
102 Albuquerque, NM 14 122 140 62 80
103 Stockton, CA 39 115 81 94 110
104 Buffalo, NY 44 71 61 105 140
105 Tempe, AZ 119 118 125 44 63
106 Reno, NV 3 94 147 78 77
107 Huntsville, AL 104 95 141 44 74
108 Indianapolis, IN 92 143 58 75 101
109 Los Angeles, CA 69 50 81 146 87
110 Cincinnati, OH 19 104 39 127 133
111 Long Beach, CA 49 59 81 137 109
112 Modesto, CA 107 116 81 90 92
113 Grand Rapids, MI 87 57 138 78 86
114 Fresno, CA 21 81 81 120 123
115 Akron, OH 138 55 39 115 139
116 New York, NY 111 16 61 147 113
117 North Las Vegas, NV 36 119 147 73 69
118 Columbus, GA 67 99 112 95 120
119 Yonkers, NY 150 20 61 132 97
120 Chicago, IL 113 70 52 142 119
121 Rochester, NY 29 85 61 114 144
122 Springfield, MO 118 147 54 111 83
123 Chattanooga, TN 123 134 44 107 127
124 Orlando, FL 40 135 70 132 100
125 Memphis, TN 108 142 44 109 132
126 Cleveland, OH 86 120 39 132 145
127 Newark, NJ 122 93 1 148 150
128 Philadelphia, PA 121 110 30 144 131
129 Augusta, GA 127 49 112 98 143
130 Tucson, AZ 26 127 125 113 115
131 Las Vegas, NV 23 150 147 70 76
132 Montgomery, AL 91 22 141 81 129
133 Oakland, CA 102 123 81 139 108
134 Baltimore, MD 126 106 35 130 149
135 Providence, RI 32 58 121 145 137
136 Atlanta, GA 97 145 112 99 124
137 Little Rock, AR 142 137 137 66 99
138 San Bernardino, CA 43 130 81 128 128
139 St. Louis, MO 112 144 54 122 125
140 Hialeah, FL 143 60 70 150 116
141 Washington, DC 129 113 145 83 126
142 New Orleans, LA 76 105 134 140 130
143 Fort Lauderdale, FL 145 141 70 126 118
144 Shreveport, LA 116 103 134 116 136
145 Mobile, AL 131 96 141 112 134
146 Baton Rouge, LA 103 128 134 117 141
147 Miami, FL 136 133 70 149 135
148 Detroit, MI 95 146 138 119 146
149 Birmingham, AL 141 138 141 132 147
150 Jackson, MS 88 148 146 138 148

 

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(Source: WalletHub)