Sunday, August 20, 2023

San Jose is the 2nd best place to raise a family in the US

U.S. News looked at quality of life, job markets, crime, healthcare, quality of high school education, and affordability to find the best places to live in the country. Even though affordability was one of those variables, San Jose made it to 2nd place. In fact, it was the only California city to make the list.

San Jose also ranked #1 in college readiness for high school students out of the 150 most populous metros in the US.

Here are the 25 best places to live for families in the U.S according to U.S. News:

25. Boise, Idaho
24. Cincinnati
23. Davenport-Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline-Rock Island, Illinois (Quad Cities)
22. Washington, D.C.
21. Rochester, New York
20. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
19. Portland, Maine
18. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
17. Buffalo, New York
16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
15. Hickory, North Carolina
14.Omaha, Nebraska
13. Pittsburgh
12. Syracuse, New York
11. Madison, Wisconsin
10. Lincoln, Nebraska
9. Fort Wayne, Indiana
8. Grand Rapids, Michigan
7. Albany, New York
6. Des Moines, Iowa
5. Minneapolis-St. Paul
4. Fayetteville, Arkansas
3. Green Bay, Wisconsin
2. San Jose, California
1. Huntsville, Alabama

Source: U.S. News


  1. Not including walkability score or transit infrastructure in here makes this a lot less inaccurate, especially for the stated purpose of raising a family. It's not going to matter much if schools are good if you don't have the time to drive your children literally everywhere

    1. That's an interesting perspective, I think it depends on the age of your family. For young kids, I've found public transit to be nearly useless since it is much easier to pack strollers, car seats, and all of your kid's necessities in your own car than haul it on transit. There are also safety concerns on both BART and Light Rail. If you look at the top 25, none really have great transit systems and I understand why now. Walkability on there other hand is a huge plus in my book. As a new dad I have been able to retain some sanity by walking to happy hours (with the baby, family and friends) within 20min of where I live.