The 3 Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas
Texas is a warm, widely welcoming state known for its values and relative safety. It’s also filled with culture and excitement, with an eye toward the arts as well as sports, of course. If you’re thinking of starting your family in Texas, it’s a great idea to start researching the most family friendly cities in the state.
Plano Is the Perfect Place for Parents
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Plano, TX, is a wonderful place for raising families. At the end of 2011, Forbes actually ranked Plano as the safest city in the United States, which is certainly no small feat. It’s near Dallas, and with less than 300,000 residents, it’s comparably small. Jobs there are no problem because, as well as being fairly affluent, it’s also home to the headquarters for JCPenney, Frito-Lay, and even Dr. Pepper. For every 1,000 people, there are only 1.8 violent crimes each year—perhaps because police officers must have a four-year degree.
It also boasts a 7.5 percent unemployment rate and 93.3 percent of all adults have at least graduated high school. There are plenty of parks and playgrounds, with 15.4 and 2.6 per 1,000 residents, respectively. Plano has 86 schools, six libraries, two colleges, and access to the colleges and universities in Dallas.
Missouri City Welcomes Families
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Missouri City is another suburb, this one connected to Houston. Despite its close proximity to such a huge city, it’s charming and almost quaint. It’s comparably middle-class, which makes for a well-rounded, diverse population of less than 70,000. Crime rates are enviably low in terms of violent crimes. For example, in 2011, there were no reported murders and other assault-related crimes measured less than 100 per 100,000 residents.
Check out Fulshear real estate for homes in the Fort Bend Independent School District, which is often praised for its progressive education. There are six elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools. A large library services the town; it is 18,642 square feet and centrally located right across from City Hall.
Austin Invites the Arts
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If you want to raise children in a cultured, artistic city, then Austin is a top choice. It’s one of the largest cities in America, but for all that it has a close-knit, hometown feel that keeps natives there and invites new residents all the time. Of course, with a population of over 800,000, you have plenty of neighborhoods from which to choose. In spite of such large numbers, crime rates are surprisingly low.
The city is well-known for its educational system, from the University of Texas to a wealth of public and private schools for children of all ages. There are charter schools and alternative schools as well, so that even children with special needs or curriculum choices will excel. With festivals like Austin City Limits and Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Austin Film Festival, Art City Austin, and many other artistic and cultural events, your children will grow up with a richly diverse education that incorporates all subjects.
These three spots are often praised for their safety, diversity, and educational opportunities. How did you choose where to raise your family?
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