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These Are the Best 100 Cities to Raise Kids in the U.S.

The definitive ranking maps where in the U.S. is best to for you, and your kids, to call home.

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Where you live has a big impact on your family. What schools your kids go to, the sports and extracurricular activities that are popular in the area, job opportunities, hell, even the grocery store you shop at. Every aspect of your life is affected by where your family rests their heads at night for better, for worse, or for best. Well, the National Council for Home Safety and Security announced the Top 100 Cities to Raise Kids in the U.S. for 2017. The definitive ranking — which was announced on Monday — maps where in the U.S. is best for you, and your kids, to call home.

Cities were ranked on a basis of five criteria: crime, income, population, education, and health insurance. The percentage of 18 to 24-year-old residents who did not graduate high school, median household income, number of violent crimes, and number of insured children aged six to 17 were all factors in the decision-making process. All information was gathered from the latest census data and FBI records.

After preliminary standards for the final list were made, a total of 526 cities made the cut. But when it came down to the wire, only 100 cities were named the most qualified to raise a family. California dominates with 48 cities on the list — but every region is represented. Almost every city included is a suburb of large urban centers, home to a college or a university, and is blanketed with the traditional, upper-middle-class lifestyle.

Here’s a look at the top 30 cities on the list:

  1. San Ramon, California
  2. Newton, Massachusetts
  3. Newport Beach, California
  4. Pleasanton, California
  5. Flower Mound, Texas
  6. Livermore, California
  7. Davis, California
  8. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  9. Yorba Linda, California
  10. Boulder, Colorado
  11. Laguna Niguel, California
  12. San Mateo, California
  13. Berkeley, California
  14. Naperville, Illinois
  15. Irvine, California
  16. Fremont, California
  17. Kirkland, Washington
  18. Woodbury, Minnesota
  19. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  20. Maple Grove, Minnesota
  21. Milpitas, California
  22. Alameda, California
  23. Santa Clara, California
  24. Somerville, Massachusetts
  25. Folsom, California
  26. Sunnyvale, California
  27. Pearland, Texas
  28. Evanston, Illinois
  29. Tustin, California
  30. Carmel, Indiana

You can find the full list here. Did your hometown make the cut?