Best cities to raise a family in 2022: report

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 28: A drone view of the East Bay hills near the historic Niles district is seen in Fremont, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. The absence of rain has led to the hills starting to turn brown. To the right in the distance

Families who are thinking about relocating might want to consider heading to California, according to a new study.

Last week, WalletHub published a report that found the best cities to raise a family in 2022. Of the top 10 cities, four were in The Golden State, including the top city, Fremont, California.

For its report, WalletHub compared 182 cities, including the 150 most populated and at least two of the most populated cities in each state.

The report focused on each city’s family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability, and socio-economics, based on 46 metrics. 

Aside from the overall ranking, WalletHub also found how cities ranked within specific metrics.

For example, WalletHub found that New York City, Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina, all tied for the most playgrounds per capita, while Hialeah, Florida, was found to have the fewest.

Five cities – Columbia, Maryland; Overland Park, Kansas; Scottsdale, Arizona; Gilbert, Arizona; and Plano, Texas – tied for the place with the highest median family salary adjusted for cost of living while Newark, New Jersey, was found to have the lowest.

WalletHub found that Aurora, Illinois, had the highest percentage of families with young kids while Pearl City, Hawaii, had the lowest percentage.

Meanwhile, South Burlington, Vermont, was found to have the lowest percentage of families living below the poverty line, while Detroit, Michigan, was found to have the highest

To see the overall results, here are the best places to raise a family in 2022, according to WalletHub. 

  1. Fremont, California
  2. Overland Park, Kansas
  3. Irvine, California
  4. Plano, Texas
  5. Columbia, Maryland
  6. San Diego, California
  7. Seattle, Washington
  8. San Jose, California
  9. Madison, Wisconsin
  10. Scottsdale, Arizona