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Top 100: Best Cities to Raise a Family in the Midwest

Relocating to a new part of the country can be an intimidating task, especially if you’re moving your entire family. As more of the population shifts to a remote work lifestyle, many are rethinking where they live and want to find the best city for raising their kids.

The Midwest is known for its friendly people, wide-open spaces, cheap land, and slower-paced lifestyle that differs greatly from other areas of the country.

According to the 2019 U.S. Census report, America’s so-called “heartland” accounted for roughly 21% of the nation's population. From North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio - more than 68 million people call the Midwest home.

If open spaces, low cost of living, four-seasons, and friendly people are your thing, then this list of Top 100: Best Places to Raise a Family in the Midwest will help you get started determining where you may want to move.

Dwellics analyzed data on over 10,000 Midwestern cities to compile a list of the Top 100: Best Places to Raise a Family in the Midwest. Among the ranking factors included quality of education, community (percentage of married households with school-aged children), climate comfort (days between 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit), infrastructure (number of parks, outdoor activities, internet speeds), safety (natural disaster risks, crime), and finances (childcare costs, property prices, and cost of living).

rank1

New Albany, Ohio

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rank2

Dublin, Ohio

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Kirtland, Ohio

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Liberty township, Ohio

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Washington township, Ohio

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Plain township, Ohio

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Wyoming, Ohio

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rank8

The Village of Indian Hill, Ohio

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rank9

Walnut township, Iowa

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Solon, Ohio

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Waukee, Iowa

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Orange township, Ohio

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Crocker township, Iowa

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rank14

Waterville township, Ohio

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rank15

Madeira, Ohio

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rank16

York township, Ohio

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Medina City township, Ohio

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rank18

Mentor, Ohio

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rank19

Brandon, South Dakota

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rank20

Avon Lake, Ohio

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rank21

Wadsworth, Ohio

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rank22

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Violet township, Ohio

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rank24

Zionsville, Indiana

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rank25

Johnston, Iowa

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Poland township, Ohio

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rank27

Independence, Ohio

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rank28

Bridge, Ohio

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rank29

Fishers, Indiana

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rank30

Perrysburg, Ohio

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rank31

Concord township, Ohio

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rank32

Lake Prairie township, Iowa

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rank33

Granville, Ohio

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Hudson, Ohio

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Nevada township, Iowa

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Bath township, Ohio

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rank37

Pickerington, Ohio

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rank38

Hubbard, Ohio

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rank39

Green, Ohio

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Fairfield township, Ohio

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rank41

Bettendorf, Iowa

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Urbandale, Iowa

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rank43

Chicago, Nebraska

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New Franklin, Ohio

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Jackson, Ohio

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rank46

St. Michael, Minnesota

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Norwich township, Ohio

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Columbiana, Ohio

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rank49

Oakwood, Ohio

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rank50

West Des Moines, Iowa

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rank51

Ankeny, Iowa

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Troy, Ohio

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rank53

Grant township, Iowa

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rank54

Marion, Iowa

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rank55

Naperville, Illinois

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rank56

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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rank57

Council Bluffs, Iowa

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rank58

Forest Hills, Michigan

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Ada township, Michigan

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Carlisle, Iowa

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rank61

Allen township, Iowa

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rank62

Andover, Minnesota

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rank63

Pella, Iowa

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rank64

Rogers, Minnesota

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Waverly, Iowa

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rank66

Webster township, Iowa

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rank67

Eagan, Minnesota

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rank68

Nevada, Iowa

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rank69

Newton, Iowa

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rank70

Troy, Michigan

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rank71

Carmel, Indiana

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rank72

Woodbury, Minnesota

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rank73

Libertyville, Illinois

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rank74

Lincoln township, Indiana

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rank75

Brownsburg, Indiana

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rank76

Northville township, Michigan

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rank77

Guilford township, Indiana

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rank78

Novi, Michigan

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rank79

Plainfield, Indiana

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rank80

Clay township, Indiana

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rank81

Lakeville, Minnesota

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rank82

Bloomfield charter township, Michigan

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rank83

Naperville township, Illinois

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rank84

Lafayette township, Missouri

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rank85

Sartell, Minnesota

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rank86

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

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rank87

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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rank88

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

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rank89

New Prague, Minnesota

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rank90

Grand Rapids charter township, Michigan

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rank91

Beverly Hills, Michigan

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rank92

Gretna, Nebraska

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rank93

Lincolnshire, Illinois

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rank94

West Deerfield township, Illinois

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rank95

Deerfield, Illinois

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rank96

Kirkwood, Missouri

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rank97

Lake Forest, Illinois

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rank98

Hinsdale, Illinois

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rank99

Clayton, Missouri

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rank100

West Lafayette, Indiana

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