Best Towns for Families
After searching the country for perfect places to call home, Family Circle chose these communities for their stellar schools, affordable housing and giving spirit.
Best Towns for Families: Westfield, Indiana
Residents of Westfield, Indiana say they love the town's affordable housing, stellar schools and sense of community.
to call home, Family Circle chose these communities for their stellar schools, affordable housing and giving spirit. Westfield, Indiana. Think farm fields , rustic barns, creatures great and small. Not from vacations part of way but in your own backyard, its only a short drive
Best Towns for Families Westborough, Massachusetts
This leafy Boston suburb is a place where residents love to mingle.
to call home, Family Circle chose these communities for their stellar schools, affordable housing , and giving spirit. Westborough, Massachusetts. This leafy Boston suburb is a place where people love to mingle. Residents of all ages play in bands that perform at free outdoor concerts in the summer. Another plus, Westborough schools boast top AP scores and a roster of National Merit scholars. There are many ways to step up too. A one time fundraiser to collect crutches for a village in the Congo has now become a community-wide project, with residents donating books, glasses, and medical supplies , as well as $3,500 for a school for the deaf in Rwanda. [MUSIC]
Best Towns for Families: Elmhurst, Illinois
This comfy Chicago suburb has a robust arts program and countless opportunities to volunteer.
schools, affordable housing, and giving spirit. Elmhurst, Illinois. This town has a pedestrian friendly downtown that's perfect for strolling. And couples and families can catch $1 summer movies at the York Theater. They can also hang out at the town library, which has a coffee bar and a teens only lounge where kids can crash on sofas and browse books for hours. The school districts have rigorous standards. Their SAT and ACT scores are well above state averages and there's a robust arts program . In Elmhurst there are plenty of ways to step up. Since it began in 2013 the local chapter of 100 Plus Women
Best Towns for Families Lake Mary, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida is bursting with restaurants, stores and high-tech jobs, plus a top rated school district.
to call home, Family Circle chose these communities for their stellar schools, affordable housing , and giving spirit. Lake Mary, Florida. Lake Mary is bursting with restaurants, stores, and hi-tech jobs. But it still has a small town feel, with it's downtown farmer's market , wine art Wednesdays, which is an outdoor fair with music and food trucks, and lots of family friendly events. Lake Mary is part of the Seminole County School District, which has one of the highest graduation rates in Florida, and
Best Towns for Families: Camas, Washington
It's the simple pleasures like hiking and town festivals that residents love most about this Portland suburb.
love about this picturesque Portland suburb. That includes hiking along the beautiful Columbia River Gorge or catching the parade at the summertime Camas Days Festival, when reps from Georgia Pacific toss rolls of toilet paper at the crowd. Camas also places a high premium on its school system, which has won multiple
Best Towns for Families: Woodbury, Minnesota
This Twin Cities suburb is perfect for large families with kids.
there's plenty of things to do. The Bielenberg Sports Center boasts 36 outdoor sports fields and two indoor ice rinks . But it's not all fun and games. Residents and teachers work together to make education a top priority. There are also plenty of ways to step up here. Raising money through an annual pancake breakfast and citywide garage sale, the Woodbury Lions Club donates some $25,000 a year to college scholarships, programs for the sight and hearing impaired, and more. [MUSIC]
Best Towns for Families Apex, North Carolina
With all its historic Queen Anne-style and Art Deco buildings, Apex, North Carolina is the pinnacle of quaintness.
chose these communities for their stellar schools, affordable housing, and giving spirit. Apex , North Carolina . With all its historic Queen Ann style and Art Deco buildings, you could say that Apex is the pinnacle of quaintness. This town has real character, with hardly any traffic or stress, and the living is easy. Residents enjoy picnics at the community park, which has a 50 acre lake, batting cages, and tennis courts. They also frequent the Farmer's Market and events such as Peak Fest,a spring arts and crafts festival, and Peak City Pig Fest, a summertime barbecue contest that attracts some 20,000 visitors every year. Teachers who support and nurture
Best Towns for Families Brecksville, Ohio
This charming Cleveland suburb places great emphasis on academic achievement and giving back.
to call home, Family Circle chose these communities for their stellar schools, affordable housing , and giving spirit. Brecksville, Ohio. Locals joke that this charming Cleveland suburb belongs in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most people who grow up here go away to college and return to raise a family. Maybe that's because of the town's ample green space , which includes a 3,000 acres nature reserve and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as top rated schools. It's a sure sign of spring when Brecksville Middle schoolers hold fundraisers for pediatric cancer research, including car washes, bracelet sales and a dump tank where kids get to soak their teachers.
Best Towns for Families Franklin, Tennessee
This Nashville suburb has everything an outdoorsy family would want, plus top-rated schools.
chose these communities, for their stellar schools, affordable housing and giving spirit. Franklin , Tennessee , in this town there's nothing better then merrily rolling along, the Harpeth River, that is. Residents like to pack a picnic and go kayaking for hours in this Nashville suburb. It's everything an outdoorsy person would want, minus the snow. Residents also revel in year round events, from the Main Street Fruit Fest and Franklin Rodeo in the Spring, to wine tasting in the fall. The schools are top-notch. At Franklin High, the first in the state to offer the international baccalaureate program , the assistant principal meets every freshman, all 420 of them, to offer support and encouragement. [MUSIC] And there are lots of ways