CHARLOTTE, NC — When choosing where to live, big-city attributes like vibrant bar and restaurant scenes and full concert schedules aren’t the priorities for people with families. They’re more interested in things that contribute to a family’s quality of life and a child’s development — all factors that contributed to Charlotte’s coming in No. 2 in the U.S. in a new analysis.
Home.com ranked the top 25 metropolitan areas in the United States for their overall family-friendliness based on the quality of schools, availability of child care, park areas per capita, crime rates, cost of living and commute times.
Each factor was weighted and, not surprisingly, the most emphasis was put on the quality of schools. Commute times were the least important factors.
The top 10 cities all earned high marks in all factors. Charlotte scored best for its parks, cost of living, crime rate and commute.
Says Homes.com: “While most of these 10 had very strong cost of living and commute scores, Charlotte NC also excelled in low crime numbers and excellent park systems, outweighing its below average childcare services.”
Several Texas cities topped the list of the most family-friendly cities, with Dallas coming in at No 1, Houston at No. 3 and San Antonio at No. 5. The least-friendly city is Miami, Florida, with Riverside and San Francisco, both in California, Baltimore, Maryland, and Detroit, Michigan, also in the bottom five.
Here’s how the cities stacked up:
1. Dallas, Texas2. Charlotte, North Carolina3. Houston, Texas4. Minneapolis, Minnesota5. San Antonio, Texas6. Atlanta, Georgia7. Phoenix, Arizona8. Tampa, Florida9. Portland, Oregon10. Boston, Massachusetts11. Denver, Colorado12. Washington, D.C.13. San Diego, California14. New York, New York15. Orlando, Florida16. Seattle, Washington17. Los Angeles, California18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania19. Chicago, Illinois20. St, Louis, Missouri21. Detroit, Michigan22. Baltimore, Maryland23. San Francisco, California24. Riverside, California25. Miami, Florida