We add Moorestown, NJ, Larchmont, NY, and Sugar Land, TX to US News’ recent list.
US News released America’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up last month. It’s a compilation of the country’s ideal communities for your children. The criteria according to the report includes, “… A strong school system would also be key. From there, you’d need lots of other children, expansive green spaces to play in, and plenty of nearby family events. Toss in an abundance of artistic and recreational activities, and all of a sudden you’ve got one heck of a place to grow up… We then examined these communities more closely to determine which places offered the best combination of safe neighborhoods, fun activities, and top-notch educators.”
The list cites Virginia Beach, VA for its “… low crime rate, a solid school system, and 35 miles of majestic beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay.” Plano, TX also made it to the list after its impressive school system, “… The Department of Education has handed 24 of its schools National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence awards, and 99 of its seniors were named semifinalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.” Other cities include Madison, AL, Overland Park, KA, San Jose, CA, Boston, MA, Rochester, MN, Cedar Rapids, IO, Denver, CO, and Edison, NJ.
In our opinion there are others that should have earned a spot in this list. We feel a need to mention these child-friendly cities here.
Parents don’t have to worry about Moorestown’s school system. Private schools such as Moorestown Friends and Holy Cross High School offer top notch education in the state. It also boasts of highly rated public schools with a roster of successful graduates from Ivy League universities. Popular sports among kids and teenagers include lacrosse, basketball and field hockey with school teams winning state titles.
Here’s a good video of Moorestown with its Main Street where families gather during weekends.
This quaint village is proud to have a good number of parks that host baseball and soccer matches for the kids. You can bring your toddlers to Vanderburgh Park along Palmer Avenue to play with the turtles and meet new friends. Day camps, bike races, and little leagues make your kids busy throughout the year.
Sugar Land, TX
If you want to settle in the country’s city with the widest selection of master planned communities, then this former sugar plantation will surely delight you. These villages are near public and private schools that are of the best quality in the entire state. The Fort Bend County Library branch is very accessible for your kids.
Recreation facilities do not fall behind. Come stroll at Sugar Land Town Square for your shopping and dining needs and if this isn’t enough, why not head to the First Colony Mall, or watch the Houston Aeros practice at Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center.