(Closed) Best place to raise a family

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@PinkPanda:  I grew up in NOVA… well the very southern part (a lot of NOVA’ers dont consider it NOVA) but anyways everyone in the town commuted to either Richmond or metro DC and I loved it. The traffic isn’t always great but the school system in NOVA is great and you’re so close to a lot of different things (Va Beach, Shanendoah Valley and the mountains, two cities, countryside, colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens AND Kings Dominion) and it is very suburbia. Plus its by your SO’s family so it’s a win win. I just would stay further away from the city (if you don’t mind the commute) because it’s not as expensive to live there is closer to the country 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@PinkPanda:  We live in WC and we love it! It’s about a 35 minute drive to Philly. Moving to Philly would be ideal for us, we’re not planning on having children.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you love Philly, can you try to move to the Penn Alexander catchment area?  I used to live in that neighborhood and it is extremely family friendly, and the school is excellent.  It’s subsidized by Penn.  Here is the map:

 

There are also fantastic charter school options in the city.  For example, FACTS (Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School) is great.  Here is a site to show which schools made AYP last year: http://www.pennalexanderschool.org/sites/default/files/pas-map.gif

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Raleigh-Durham, NC is supposed to be a great place to raise a family.

My fiance is from the northern suburbs of D.C. If we were to ever move to that area, we’d probably look in the Silver Spring or Bethesda area of Maryland. You can take the metro into D.C., and it’s about a 2 hour drive from Philly.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@PinkPanda:  Sorry, no kids and the apartment I’m renting 2br/2bath is definitely cheaper than a 2br/2bath in center city. For what we pay now we’d be able to get a little larger than a studio. Sorry I couldn’t be more help I just thought I’d share an option for you to look into.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@PinkPanda:  I live in Lancaster County, which is like an hour and a half outside of Philly. I love it here and cannot wait to get married and raise my family here. The taxes, at least the school district in which I plan to stay, are not super high and the school district is good. SOs has family both in Downingtown and outside of West Chester and the taxes are HIGH. I pay $500 a month in rent for my apartment (1 bed, 1 bath) now and had thought about moving to WC/Downingtown/Exton to look for a better paying job. I can’t find a one bedroom for less than $750.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@PinkPanda:  I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve lived here since I was 11 and I’m almost 24. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I really love it here 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Maybe Hudson, OH? It’s very suburban with a great school system and it is close to Cleveland and about an hour and half away from Pittsburgh.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Raleigh-Durham area of NC is amazing. Durham especially is blowing up culturally. It’s going to be a big deal in the next 10 years.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

how about upstate new york? you’d be close to the city and also pretty close to philly

 

I disagree about NC. I live here and I know the state pretty well, it is NOT a good place for someone who enjoys art, culture and diversity.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ll second Raleigh-Durham. We’re moving down there full-time this year but have spent significant amounts of time there (my SO is in school in the area) and it’s really family-friendly. Lots of kid-friendly places to go, tons of family activities/museums/parks, etc. Schools vary a fair bit; Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh have some of the best schools, but Durham has some very high-quality magnet schools as well.

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