In a recent study by 24/7 WallStreet, Raleigh was ranked the third Best Place to Raise a Family. Some of the factors used for the study included good schools, health care, and nearby recreational opportunities. The only other North Carolina city to make the list was Greensboro, coming in at number 10.
3. Raleigh, N.C.
Acres of parkland per 1,000 residents: 30.8 (14th highest)
Playgrounds per 1,000 residents: 2.2 (49th highest)
Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 4.1 (24th lowest)
Unemployment rate: 7.2% (17th lowest)
Adults with at least a high school degree: 91.7% (12th highest)
Raleigh is one of the strongest cities in North Carolina, economically speaking. Its high-tech and biotech industries are growing quickly, keeping unemployment low. The city has a top-notch school system that includes the highly ranked Raleigh Charter High School. Children are also surrounded by highly educated adults, as Raleigh was recently named the third-most educated city in the United States by Men’s Health. Children have ample opportunities to enjoy activities, especially basketball: The city has one of the highest rates of basketball hoops per resident in the country.