(Closed) Best place to raise a family

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 17
1175 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m clearly biased to the Florida area, but honestly, my mother could not have made a better choice. We were living all over New Jersey, and after my father came down with cancer My mom decided to move us here. Its only a few hours drive to the carolinas, and by far one of the most beautiful and safest places to raise a family. I don’t know how open you are to relocating, but between downtown Orlando, and the beautiful beaches, and Disney…there is absolutely no where else on earth I would want my family. You are litterally spoiled 24/7. The weather is incredible and the beach is never more then an hour away. My mom is right off the beach and my fiance’s mom is right by the heart of orlando…

Post # 18
6430 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Fiance and I are moving from so cal to near Raleigh NC. We are so excited to start a family in the near future in a place that has such high reviews in all of the areas you mentioned.

Post # 19
707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PinkPanda:  I grew up in the King of Prussia area. Though it’s been a long while since I lived there, the cost of living is definitely lower than in Maryland where I’m at now. Schools were good too. Traffic seems to be a growing problem, though. And you obviously have to be open to the suburban iife. Good luck!

Post # 21
395 posts
Helper bee

We live in NC too. I Love it.

Post # 23
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Conshohocken (Colonial SD)/West Conshohocken (Upper Merion SD): 12 miles from Center City, easy transit (I take the high speed line to 69th Street to catch the El, I’m at work in 35 minutes), property values are holding steady, taxes are low, local economy is strong, good restaurants, lots of family-friendly community activities (soap box derby, ducky regatta).

I want to live in the city, Dear Fiance does not, and it doesn’t make sense since he works in Delco, but West Conshy has been the perfect compromise location.

Post # 25
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@PinkPanda:  I live in Charlotte, but know the state pretty well. The cultural department is pretty lacking and sad; and there’s not much diversity. I walk in the street and everybody looks basically the same. The art/design district is a few sad blocks of tiny galleries with not really art but crafts. Anyway, that’s my experience at least. I’m moving out as soon as we can afford it.

Post # 26
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018


Post # 27
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I live in West Chester, but I am originally from Northern Virginia.

West Chester is really a beautiful town! The downtown area is fantastic- there is lots of great family owned businesses- and surprisingly amazing restaurants. There are lots of parks here, too. One of my favorite things is walking or driving around the old neighborhoods with such lovely historic houses. I think it would be a great place to raise a family, and public schools here are supposed to be great. I have looked at the real estate here, and single family homes are pricey, but there are some great, spacious townhouse options for under $175k. So that is doable! The one thing is that traffic around here is really bad. You can take the train from Exton into Philly, or catch a bus to Philly from the West Chester bus station. I would recommend West Chester, though, even though I don’t plan on settling down here.

I grew up in Fairfax County, about 20 minutes south of D.C. It is supposed to be one of the best places to raise a family, and has the best rated public school system in the country, I believe. Plus public universities in Virginia are fantastic. It is a good place to live if you have a high paying government job but traffic is godawful if you have any sort of commute, and it is craycray expensive. (Townhouses normally go for $350k plus, depending on the suburb.)

My Fiance and I love West Chester, but we are planning on moving to an area of Virginia outside NoVa. Ultimately, I flipping hate the traffic in West Chester. It really stresses me out. I also really would love to have a single family house, and have more easy access to outdoor activities. Also, West Chester is a wealthy area, and frankly, we probably never will be more than average. I don’t want to be the poor people in town- I want to be normal!

Our first choice would be Charlottesville. It is such a beautiful town. It is surrounded by the gorgeous scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and isn’t big enough to be truly urban, but has a sophisticated feel. It is only a couple hours from Richmond and D.C. It is more expensive than some areas, but considerably cheaper than NoVa or the nice areas in Philly. It also is really cultured. It is well known as the home of UVA, Monticello, and Montpelier. The region has tons of great wineries and is by the Shenandoah National Park. It is a fun place to visit if you are interested! It has been named one of the best small cities to live in the U.S. numerous times.

Post # 28
181 posts
Blushing bee

Anywhere but LA!

I’ve been here for way too long!

The pollution is driving me insane. I am constantly caughing and have constant headaches because of it. If I were you I would stay away from populated cities. Move somewhere quiet where there aren’t that many cars or factories. We’re looking to my as well. Somewhere outside of LA, but everything is so pricy! 

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