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“Top 25 Cities for Renters Raising Families”

With the economy still in recovery, people are delaying buying a home and more families are continuing to rent across the country. Rent.com has created the Top 25 Cities for Renters Raising Families with the help of Onboard Informatics. Featuring some of the most affluent, green and kid-friendly cities in the nation, this complete list includes 10 states from across the nation. New Jersey rocked the list with eight cities making the top 25, and Livingston, NJ took the coveted number one spot. Check out if your hometown made the list!

Livingston, NJ

Population: 29,407

Median Household Income: $134,358

Median Rent 2BR: $2,338

Percentage Family Households: 84%

Total Crime Risk: 4

Great School Rate: 9

This New Jersey Township, located 27 miles from Manhattan, takes the “Garden State” to heart with its 600 acres of parkland, including the 65-acre Memorial Park in the center of town. Even all of its schools are built in the middle of parks! Home to one of the highest percentages of Jewish residents in any American municipality, Livingston has six synagogues and 22 houses of worship. 

The Children’s Theatre of Livingston is a great local organization that gives children grades 2 through 8 the chance to experience the arts firsthand, with performance opportunities and an annual production. 

 

Ladera Ranch, California

Population: 23,437

Median Household Income: $135,147

Median Rent 2BR: $1,793

Percentage Family Households: 84%

Total Crime Risk: 13

Great School Rate: 9.3

This beautiful southern California gem situated between San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo in Orange County. It is comprised of nine separate villages, located just miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is known for its well-groomed landscape, small intersections and speed-reduced streets.  

With more than 14 pools available to the public, 16 neighborhood parks, five fully lighted sports fields and miles of trails, there is no shortage of things to do in Ladera Ranch. 

Tenafly, NJ

Population: 14,670

Median Household Income: $133,401

Median Rent 2BR: $1,855

Percentage Family Households: 83%

Total Crime Risk: 18

Great School Rate: 9.5

Tenafly’s consistently top-ranked school system, proximity to the George Washington Bridge/ Manhattan and comprehensive recreation program make it a perfect city for families. From golfing to two outdoor swim clubs to active youth soccer program, every family can find their niche in this borough. For the more historically minded, the homes of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and bandleader Glenn Miller are registered landmarks open to the public. 

Milburn, NJ

Population: 20,179

Median Household Income: $171,968

Median Rent 2BR: $1,800

Percentage Family Households: 83%

Total Crime Risk: 4

Great School Rate: 9

An affluent municipality home to a large number of doctors, lawyers and professionals connected to New York City’s financial industries, Millburn is known for its proximity to the Mall at Short Hills and its 36-acre Gero Park, which has a nine-hole par-three golf course, public pool, four tennis courts and two baseball diamonds. Millburn High School is touted for its well-above-average academics; it offers more than 20 advance-placement courses and almost of its all students go on to college. 

Yorba Linda, California

Population: 65,510

Median Household Income: $116,806

Median Rent 2BR: $1,574

Median Rental Rate 2BR: $1,574

Percentage Family Households: 82%

Total Crime Risk: 27

Great School Rate: 8.8

Also known as, “The Land of Gracious Living”, this Orange County city lives up to its name. Located just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, this SoCal equestrian paradise offers 100 miles of horse trails. It is also the birthplace of former President Richard Nixon and home to The Richard Nixon Library and Museum.

Darien, CT

Population: 21,155

Median Household Income: $183,743

Median Rent 2BR: $3,590

Percentage Family Households:  82%

Total Crime Risk: 27

Great School Rate: 9.5

One of the two Fairfield County towns on Connecticut’s Gold Coast to make the list, Darien is a bedroom community that includes four small parks, two public beaches on the Long Island Sound, four country clubs, a hunt club and two yacht clubs. Frequently named a “top-earning towns” in the United States, Darien is also home to some of the best schools in Connecticut. 

Several notable people in American history have called Darien home, including Charles Lindbergh, Andrew Carnegie (who vacationed for several summers in the community), New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley. 

 

El Dorado Hills, CA

Population: 42,584

Median Household Income: $118,148

Median Rent 2BR: $1,339

Percentage Family Households: 82%

Total Crime Risk: 22

Great School Rate: 9.2

Located just 20 miles from state capitol, Sacramento, El Dorado Hills offers the entire California living experience.  The residents of El Dorado Hills have easy access to ski resorts, ocean beaches, wineries, parks and more. 

In addition to excellent schools, families enjoy free events in the parks, pool rentals, picnic areas, trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and are within close proximity to Folsom lake.

Evans, Georgia

Population: 30,874

Median Household Income: $95,454

Median Rent 2BR: $2,251

Percentage Family Households: 81%

Total Crime Risk: 21

Great School Rate: 8.8

Evans, a small suburb of Augusta, Georgia, is home to Barstram Trail, golf courses, boutiques, restaurants and Evans Towne Center Park.

Evans Towne Center Park offers a top-of-the-line playground, dog park, bicycle rental and newly opened Splash Pad. The Lady A Pavilion outdoor amphitheater also provides year-round entertainment with both paid and free concerts. From food festivals and Easter egg hunts to fireworks on the Fourth, this park has something for every member of the family. 

Ridgewood, NJ

Population: 25,271

Median Household Income: $146,748

Median Rent 2BR: $2,015

Percentage Family Households: 80%

Total Crime Risk: 16

Great School Rate: 9.5

This cozy town of 25,000 offers great schools, safe streets and multiple art galleries. Known for its multitude of culinary options, Ridgewood is home to some amazing restaurants with flavors from Italy to France and beyond.  In fact, it is now home to the first full-service offshoot of Carlo’s Bake Shop of “Cake Boss” fame!  

 

Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Population: 24,894

Median Household Income: $71,999

Median Rent 2BR: $981

Percentage Family Households: 79%

Total Crime Risk: 15

Great School Rate: 8.5

One of Tennessee’s fastest growing cities, Mount Juliet has seen an increase in population of more than 90% from 2000-present and is one of Tennessee’s best top five most business-friendly cities. In addition to nearby entertainment in neighboring Nashville, Mount Juliet is home to roads, rails, restaurants and retail. Its Providence Market Place is the largest open air shopping center between Nashville and Knoxville. Plus, Mount Juliet has one of the lowest tax rates in the state of Tennessee!  

Westfield, NJ

Population: 30,705

Median Household Income: $130,615

Median Rent 2BR: $1,743

Percentage Family Households: 79%

Total Crime Risk: 28

Great School Rate: 9

Westfield is known for being a great place to not only grow up, but also a great place to raise your own children. This city has an extensive youth and adult recreation program, nine municipal parks and fields and Memorial Park, a popular summer gathering place for residents. The downtown area is a vibrant mix of chain store staples like Starbucks, Gap and Williams-Sonoma, with an added mix of mom-and-pop restaurants. For the music lovers, summer jazz performances downtown are a must-attend. 

Wilton, CT

Population: 18,430

Median Household Income: $161,088

Median Rent 2BR: $3,383

Percentage Family Households: 79%

Total Crime Risk: 4

Great School Rate: 9.5

A charming, historic, affluent community on Connecticut’s Gold Coast that places a high value on education, Wilton is a destination for young families that looking to escape from big city life in Manhattan. Its expansive open lands are a testament to the town’s colonial farming roots and like other Fairfield County towns, Wilton is filled with historic architecture – it even served as a stop on the Underground Railroad! 

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Population: 42,057

Median Household Income: $101,010

Median Rent 2BR: $2,357

Percentage Family Households: 78%

Total Crime Risk: 25

Great School Rate: 9

An affluent suburb of Los Angeles, this city is known for its beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island.  Rancho Palos Verdes is home to more than a dozen parks and several golf courses including the Trump National Golf Course. 

In addition to its beautiful landscape, Rancho Palos Verdes is home to a few historical landmarks including Wayfarers Chapel, also known as “The Glass Church,” and Point Vicente Lighthouse.

Los Altos, CA

Population: 29,890

Median Household Income: $132,933

Median Rent 2BR: $2,813

Percentage Family Households: 78%

Total Crime Risk: 26

Great School Rate: 9.7

Located at the southern end of the San Francisco peninsula, this bedroom community is known for its emphasis on culture and community. The city is currently home to 29 sculptures as part of its Public Art Program. The community offers numerous parks for sporting events, gatherings, barbecues and more through its parks and recreation facilities. 

There is always something for every member of the family to do, with the Los Altos seasonal recreation guide. This years’ spring guide offers everything from basketball camps to cooking classes.

New Providence, NJ

Population: 12,329

Median Household Income: $103,562

Median Rent 2BR: $1,688

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 16

Great School Rate: 9

A quintessential bedroom community with two train stations in just 3.6 square miles, New Providence is a great place for commuters.  The town offers two Olympic-sized swimming pools, borough-sponsored T-ball and cultural offerings to enjoy on the weekends. New Providence has a strong small-town feel with only 12,000 residents and is considered a place that families can grow into.

Peachtree City, Georgia

Population: 34,889

Median Household Income: $75,785

Median Rent 2BR: $953

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 19

Great School Rate: 9.3

This city has its own unique mode of transportation—golf carts. The city has a 90-mile network of golf cart paths that help everyone from pedestrians to cyclists and golf cart drivers alike, get to shopping centers, schools, parks and more. More than 9,000 households own carts and kids aged 16 and older are permitted to drive carts.

In addition to quirky cart transportation, Peachtree provides lakes, biking and geocaching. Events include farmers markets and concerts at Peachtree’s very own amphitheater, The Fred.

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Population: 102,027

Median Household Income: $79,505

Median Rent 2BR: $1,406

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 12

Great School Rate: 8.7

Located just 12 miles south of Denver, Highland Ranch offers high quality of life for the active family. There are more than 70 miles of trails available, 2,200 acres of natural open space and of course, beautiful mountain views. The city boasts 25 parks including skate parks, inline hockey rink, dog parks, tennis courts, historic parks, community gardens and more.

New Canaan, CT

Population: 20,140

Median Household Income: $163,971

Median Rent 2BR: $4,429

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 3

Great School Rate: 10

A scenic hillside town known as God’s Acre New Canaan is a great place to raise a family.  The red-brick storefronts along Main and Elm Streets are reminiscent of Europe, but strike a community vibe among residents.. Considered a haven for book editors and writers, as well as advertising executives and corporate families, New Canaan remains quaintly filled with boutique and chain stores and one of the state’s best schools systems.

Bedford, NH

Population: 21,368

Median Household Income: $123,704

Median Rent 2BR: $1,456

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 5

Great School Rate: 9.7

Bedford, a suburb of Manchester, is a quintessential New England town that puts heavy emphasis on education and growth. Many of its highly educated residents are employed in areas of tech—it is even home to Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway! 

Five miles from Manchester, the largest city in the state, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities for the residents of Bedford.  Everything from museums to sports arenas and shopping is within reach.

Smithtown, NY

Population: 118,811

Median Household Income: $108,445

Median Rent 2BR: $1,868

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 26

Great School Rate: 8.8

At the heart of this Long Island city is a huge bronze bull, which represents the family heritage of the Smiths, who originally founded the city back in the 1660’s. The city has held true to its family ties over the years–It offers pools, parks, restaurants and great schools. If you’re looking for more excitement, Manhattan is just a train ride away!

 

River Edge, NJ

Population: 11,485

Median Household Income: $99,613

Median Rent 2BR: $1,548

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 19

Great School Rate: 9

Located on the western bank of the Hackensack River, River Edge is only eight miles from Manhattan and home to two train stations, making it a great place for commuters to settle with their families. 

Multiple parks, a strong public school system, countless restaurants and a strong recreation program organized by the River Edge Central Athletic Council provide a strong quality of life for the borough’s 11,000 residents.

 

Scotch Plains, NJ

Population: 23,814

Median Household Income: $107,901

Median Rent 2BR: $1,350

Percentage Family Households: 77%

Total Crime Risk: 4

Great School Rate: 8.8

This 9.2-square-mile township prides itself on its diversity and tolerance, with more than a dozen houses of worship representing multiple faiths. Scotch Plains’ 75+ businesses include antique stores, hobby shops, gift shops and a doll hospital, evoking nostalgia of a simpler time. 

Recreational options include three golf courses, seven town-owned recreation areas with baseball diamonds, basketball, tennis and bocce courts and free summer concerts on Thursday evenings. 

 

Olive Branch, MS

Population: 35,274

Median Household Income: $68,474

Median Rent 2BR: $872

Percentage Family Households: 76%

Total Crime Risk: 9

Great School Rate: 9.2

This Mississippi town, located just 20 miles south of Memphis, is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.  Olive Branch’s shops offer everything from pottery to vintage wear. 

In addition to being a blooming city of business, this city is also dedicated to maintaining beautiful landscapes.  The city has won numerous accolades for its green efforts including four Keep Mississippi Beautiful awards. Several parks offer walking trails, lakes and picnic areas.

Ridgefield, CT

Population: 25,138

Median Household Income: $141,805

Median Rent 2BR: $2,850

Percentage Family Households: 76%

Total Crime Risk: 14

Great School Rate: 9.7

A little town with a lot happening culturally, Ridgefield is home to 25,000 residents, XX 11respected schools and a large variety of recreational activities. It is also home to two nationally recognized museums: the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and the Keeler Tavern, a museum of Colonial Life. 

With more than 40 restaurants, the Northridge Art Gallery, a symphony orchestra and a workshop for the performing arts, there is no shortage of things to do. Ridgefield has drawn the attention of many artists, writers and performers over the years. Most notably, Maurice Sendak and actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein have called Ridgefield home.

Wellesley, MA

Population: 28,463

Median Household Income: $148,986

Median Rent 2BR: $2,540

Percentage Family Households: 76%

Total Crime Risk: 20

Great School Rate: 8.5

With excellent public schools, a high concentration of residents with advanced degrees and several universities, Wellesley is big on education! Wellesley High School has won accolades for its performance, ranking high on state exams. It is also home to one of the top colleges in the country, Wellesley College, previously attended by former New York State Senator, Hillary Clinton. 

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