Before the start of a new school year, many families across the country spend the summer moving and settling into a new home. Rent.com, a national Internet listing site in the rental housing industry, surveyed parents about their attitudes on raising kids in the city. Taking these parental concerns into consideration, Rent.com has chosen ten cities that stand out as great places to raise kids.
Of 1,000 parents surveyed nationwide, Rent.com found that 34 percent of parents are raising their kids in the city and would do it again. When asked about the advantages of raising children in a city as compared to the suburbs, 37 percent responded that easy access to different cultures, including people, food, and art is the biggest advantage. Alternatively, 16 percent of parents chose educational opportunities as the biggest advantage, while 12 percent answered that the diversity of the population allows kids to fit in and find like-minded friends.
In the same survey, 56 percent of parents identified safety as their biggest concern about living in the city. With money on the mind, 23 percent of parents cited cost of living as their biggest concern. Rent.com took these criteria to heart when identifying the best cities for family-friendly renting.
In addition to surveying parents, Rent.com evaluated the top 50 markets by rental inventory based on the cost of living, violent crime rate, and graduation rate, in order to identify ten cities where parents can raise a child with peace of mind. Cost of living, crime rate, and graduation rate were ranked against the national average, and crime rate was weighted double relative to other statistics, based on the overwhelming response from parents that safety is a top priority. The following places are optimal choices for parents looking to raise their kids in the city (not ranked in order):
- Austin, Tex.
- Columbus, Oh.
- Dallas, Tex.
- Denver, Colo.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Phoenix, Ariz.
- Portland, Ore.
- San Diego, Calif.
- San Jose, Calif.
- Seattle, Wash.
When moving to a new city, it’s important to take your child’s opinion into consideration, and 91 percent of parents surveyed agreed that their child’s opinion is very or somewhat important. Parents in the city take this especially to heart, as 40 percent of city dwellers feel that their child’s opinion is very important, compared to 27 percent of suburban parents.
When asked about moving with kids, 51 percent of parents feel that the most stressful part is coping with children’s’ feelings about the move. But, 29 percent of parents feel that moving with kids isn’t any more stressful than moving without kids.
Published with permission from RISMedia.