Top 100 Best Cities to Raise a Family in the South - 2023

Relocating to a new part of the country can be an intimidating task, especially if you’re moving your entire family. As the country is adjusting to a “new normal” after pandemic shut-downs and restrictions and 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 South is known for its rich history, hearty foods, country and jazz music, and a slower- paced lifestyle that differs greatly from the North, Midwest and West.

According to the 2019 U.S. Census report, America’s “Dixie” or “Deep South” accounted for more than 38% of the nation's population, the highest of all regions. Covering Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, the South is home to more than 125 million people.

If down-home cooking, southern hospitality, country, blues, and bluegrass music, and a slower pace are your style, this list of Top 100 Best Places to Raise a Family in the South will help you determine where you may want to relocate to

Dwellics analyzed data on more than 20,000 Southern cities to compile a list of the Top 100 Best Places to Raise a Family in the South. Ranking factors included quality of education; climate comfort (days between 50 and 90 degrees), infrastructure (public transportation, traffic, internet speeds), public safety (natural disaster risks); finances (child-care costs, property prices, and cost of living); percentage of married households with school-aged children; and education level of residents.

Each listing also includes community demographics like population size, age, racial and religious diversity, political affiliation, and industry and employment data that indicates the types of jobs available in each individual area. Dwellics also posts reviews of each city submitted by users who provide pros and cons of living in each place in their own words.

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Brambleton, Virginia

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Independent Hill, Virginia

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Potomac, Maryland

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Blue Ridge district (Loudoun County), Virginia

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Aldie, Virginia

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Stone Ridge, Virginia

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Dulles district, Virginia

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Lucas, Texas

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District 4, Lisbon, Maryland

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Short Pump, Virginia

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Urbana, Maryland

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Poolesville, Maryland

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Sandy Ridge township, North Carolina

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Long Branch, Virginia

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Lansdowne, Virginia

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District 7, Urbana, Maryland

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West Springfield, Virginia

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District 3, West Friendship, Maryland

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Prosper, Texas

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Ashburn, Virginia

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Laurel Hill, Virginia

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Hunter Mill district, Virginia

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Springfield district, Virginia

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Brentsville district, Virginia

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Purcellville, Virginia

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Weddington, North Carolina

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Leesburg, Virginia

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Midlothian, Virginia

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Chantilly, Virginia

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Chickahominy district, Virginia

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Occoquan district, Virginia

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Mountain Brook, Alabama

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Brentwood, Tennessee

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Big Creek, Georgia

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Sully district, Virginia

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Dranesville district, Virginia

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Providence district (Fairfax County), Virginia

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Three Chopt district, Virginia

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Katy (Fort Bend County), Texas

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Flower Mound, Texas

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Algonkian district, Virginia

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Frisco, Texas

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Reston, Virginia

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Stafford, Virginia

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Lake Ridge, Virginia

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Fulshear-Simonton, Texas

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Ellicott City, Maryland

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Coppell, Texas

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Brandermill, Virginia

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Garrisonville district, Virginia

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Rock Hill district, Virginia

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Buckhall, Virginia

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Coles district, Virginia

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Poquoson, Virginia

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Middletown, Maryland

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Keystone, Florida

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Fish Hawk, Florida

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Linganore, Maryland

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Trussville, Alabama

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Beaverdam district, Virginia

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White Hall district, Virginia

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Aquia district, Virginia

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Fort Mill, South Carolina

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Saint Johns, Florida

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Union, Kentucky

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Matthews (Union County), North Carolina

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Gainesville district, Virginia

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Johns Creek, Georgia

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Falls Church, Virginia

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Braddock district, Virginia

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Matoaca district, Virginia

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Ijamsville, Maryland

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Geismar, Louisiana

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Clover Hill district, Virginia

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Fairfax, Virginia

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Rose Hill (Fairfax County), Virginia

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Lithia, Florida

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Centreville, Virginia

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Zachary, Louisiana

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Dale City, Virginia

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Mechanicsville, Virginia

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Livingston district, Virginia

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Peachtree City, Georgia

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Williamsburg (James City County), Virginia

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Mount Vernon district, Virginia

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Powhatan district, Virginia

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Manassas (Prince William County), Virginia

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Tuckahoe, Virginia

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Roanoke (Roanoke County), Virginia

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Neabsco district, Virginia

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Cave Spring, Virginia

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Spotsylvania, Virginia

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Powdersville, South Carolina

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Potomac district, Virginia

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Falmouth district, Virginia

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Alpharetta, Georgia

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Charlottesville (Albemarle County), Virginia

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Weston, Florida

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Salem district (Spotsylvania County), Virginia

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Madison, Alabama

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