Whenever you move to a new state, there are quite a few things to consider when choosing your new home. Some people are most interested in a city's culture, while others want to be closer to family or friends. But for a large chunk of families, their move is to provide new opportunities for the children.
In fact, 70 percent of Generation X parents and 79 percent of millennial parents indicated that their biggest purchases, which include new homes, were based almost entirely on their kids' needs. That's according to a 2014 survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
It's in parents' nature to want to give their kids the best home with the most amenities possible. If you're in the midst of planning a move to a new city, consider any one of the following:
1. Rockville, MD
As Livability pointed out, Rockville's overall cost of living might be higher than the majority of cities, but families reap the benefits of a truly connected community. Among the many benefits of the D.C. suburb, it has a relatively low crime rate of 1.65 instances per 1,000 residents, according to figures from Neighborhood Scout. It's also been featured on several other annual lists from Livability, who previously highlighted the growing percentage of school-aged children. Rockville's got plenty of attractions, like the massive Montgomery County Library and the family-friendly Town Square.
2. Fremont, CA
To create its own list of the best American cities, TheStreet combined data from several sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and WalletHub. With a population of 229,000 people, Fremont earned top ranks in both its socioecomic environment (the median household income is $101,535) and overall health and safety. The city, located in the heart of scenic Alameda County, was among the top five cities with the lowest crime rate per capita, not to mention significantly fewer families below the poverty line than the average. Fremont is a simple city where family values still come first.
3. Richmond, VA
When Parenting magazine named Richmond, Virginia as one of the nation's best cities in 2014, it focused less on statistics and more on the city's wide array of educational offerings. The city is known for groundbreaking private schools. In fact, on The Best Schools list of the U.S.'s 50 best private schools, there were three institutions from this part of Virginia. Outside of school, there are countless places for kids to continue learning, including the Richmond Ballet and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
4. Devon, PA
Each year, Niche.com assembles a list of the nation's best places to raise a family, weighing everything from crime rates to population diversity. For the 2016 edition, Devon, a town of less than 2,000 people (per the 2010 Census), ranked at No. 1. Niche, which factors in data from the FBI, Census Bureau, and Bureau of Labor Statistics, gave Devon A+ marks in quality of public schools and number of family amenities. Kids 14 and under make up 28.5 percent of the population, and 84.2 percent of those students go on to pursue a post-secondary education.
No matter where you decide to relocate your family, you need to rely on an effective moving company. Atlas Van Lines can help you plan and execute any move, leaving you and your family with time to focus on life in a new city.