Apartmentlist.com recently named the top ten cities in the United States for raising a family. Of these ten, four of the towns were in North Texas! They took into account safety, housing cost, school quality, and child friendliness (communities with a greater percentage of children), weighing the factors and using them to index and assign grades and rankings to nearly 500 cities. While they ran the numbers and did the rankings, we explain what makes each of these cities so perfect for young families.

1. Allen: Taking first place on the list (up from second place last year), Allen got near perfect scores on everything from low crime, to housing costs, to education. The city is incredibly safe, with very few instances of violent crimes, robberies, and assaults. The school systems are also extremely high ranking with Allen ISD getting an 8 out of 10 district ranking. With a student-teacher ratio of 18:1, Allen High School is ranked one of the best in the nation. On top of that, there are tons of family friendly events and activities available to participate in, many of which are free. They have a KidMania Playground in Celebration Park, hiking trails, and The Edge Skatepark! The relatively low cost of living makes this a perfect place to buy a starter home, or upgrade to a larger one with more room for the kids to run around.

2. Frisco: Coming in at #4 on Apartmentlist’s rankings, Frisco has slightly more crime than the three cities ranking higher on the list. However, it also has a slightly higher population of children, and a similar cost of living making it a top choice for families just starting out. Hope Park opened in 2013 and features playground areas for both toddlers and older children. They also have a soccer complex, an urban air trampoline park, the Dr. Pepper Ballpark, and tons of entertainment centers, bowling centers, and trampoline parks. The schools are also exemplary, with Frisco High School receiving the U.S. News Best High Schools award!

3. McKinney: From museum’s & wildlife sanctuaries to family-friendly recreation areas, the McKinney area offers 91 different types of family activities, including movie theaters, bike paths, family fun centers and theaters. The Towne Lake Recreation Area is a community owned park that surrounds a 22-acre lake. The area includes hiking and biking trails, paddleboat rentals, a fishing pier and more! The Herd Natural Science and History Museum (and wildlife sanctuary) offers a native plant garden, science exhibits, a tall grass prairie and limestone escarpment, and more! Although it has a slightly higher crime rate, McKinney has an excellent education score, as well as housing affordability score.

4. Flower Mound: The last North Texas city to make the list was Flower Mound. With one of the lowest crime rates on the list, as well as housing score, Flower Mound is one of the safest, most affordable cities in the nation. It’s education score is the lowest on the list of cities, but is still relatively higher than many cities in the US. Additionally, there are lots of free, kid friendly activities to participate in here. Kiddos in the area can bike or walk the local trails, participate in free classes at WinKids, or visit Nanna’s Pacas, an alpaca farm in Flower Mound!

With abundant activities, highly ranked schools, and a low crime rate, it’s no surprise that many young families flock to these areas of North Texas. While real estate is still relatively affordable in these areas, the market is still competitive. Enlist the help of a real estate professional before attempting to scoop up your littlie piece of family-friendly paradise!

Apartmentlist.com recently named the top ten cities in the United States for raising a family (https://www.apartmentlist.com/rentonomics/best-cities-for-families-2016/). Of these ten, four of the cities were in North Texas!