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These Are the 10 Best U.S. Cities for Ambitious Parents

The cities on this list all have low unemployment rates, home prices, and childcare costs but are high on family perks.

Finding a city to live where you and your spouse can both push your careers as far as possible while also doing the best thing for your kids can sometimes be a challenge. So many factors lead to a place that affords parents the best of both worlds from the big (house price; school success rates) to the small (how long it takes to get to work). After taking into consideration such data as unemployment rate, median household income, annual housing costs, average commute time, violent crime rate, graduation rate, and childcare costs, personal finance company, SmartAsset composed a list of the ten best U.S. cities for ambitious parents who are looking to deliver on their familial responsibilities.

Here they are, along with the largest employers/industries in each area.

10. Abilene, Texas

Unemployment rate: 3.0 percent

Median annual housing costs:$9,564

Average high school graduation rate: 90 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $7,674

Biggest employers: Dyess Air Force Base and Hendrick Health System

9. Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Unemployment rate: 2.5 percent

Median annual housing costs:$9,264

Average high school graduation rate: 89 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $10,959

Biggest employer: Oshkosh Corporation

8. Santa Clara, California

Unemployment rate: 2.7 percent

Median annual housing costs:$27,516

Average high school graduation rate: 88 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $11,539

Biggest employers: Intel and Applied Materials

7. Wichita Falls, Texas

Unemployment rate: 3.2 percent

Median annual housing costs:$9,108

Average high school graduation rate: 94 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $7,674

Biggest employers: Sheppard Air Force Base and the Wichita Falls Independent School District

6.  St. George, Utah

Unemployment rate: 3.0 percent

Median annual housing costs:$11,292

Average high school graduation rate: 89 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $9,323

Major Industries: Aviation, Healthcare, and Tourism

5. Jonesboro, Arkansas

Unemployment rate: 2.7 percent

Median annual housing costs:$8,580

Average high school graduation rate: 90 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $5,669

Major industries: Advanced Manufacturing and Health Care

4. Orem, Utah

Unemployment rate: 2.5 percent

Median annual housing costs:$11,820

Average high school graduation rate: 89 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $9,323

Biggest employers: Utah Valley University and the Alpine School District

3. Iowa City, Iowa

Unemployment rate: 2.0 percent

Median annual housing costs:$11,136

Average high school graduation rate: 92 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $9,093

Biggest employers: The University of Iowa and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Iowa City Community School District

2. Provo, Utah

Unemployment rate: 2.5 percent

Median annual housing costs:$9,948

Average high school graduation rate: 89 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $9,323

Biggest employers: Brigham Young University and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center

1. Ames, Iowa

Unemployment rate: 1.5 percent

Median annual housing costs:$11,160

Average high school graduation rate: 92 percent

Average annual childcare cost: $9,093

Biggest employersIowa State University and Mary Greeley Medical Center

You can view SmartAsset’s original data here.