Rent.com gives you the Top 10 of the 25 Best Cities for Renters Raising Families. (Did you miss the first part of the list? Check it out here.)
10. Mt. Juliet, TN
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $981
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.
9. Ridgewood, NJ
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $2,015
Known for its multitude of culinary options, Ridgewood is home to some amazing restaurants with flavors from Italy to France and beyond.
8. Evans, GA
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: : $2,251
Evans, a small suburb of Augusta, is home to Barstram Trail, golf courses, boutiques, restaurants and Evans Towne Center Park, which offers offers a top-of-the-line playground, dog park, bicycle rental and newly opened Splash Pad.
7. El Dorado Hills, CA
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: : $1,339
In addition to excellent schools in El Dorado Hills, families enjoy free events in the parks, pool rentals, picnic areas, trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and are within close proximity to Folsom lake.
6. Darien, CT
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: : $3,590
Frequently named a “top-earning towns” in the United States, Darien is also home to some of the best schools in Connecticut.
5. Yorba Linda, CA
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: : $1,574
Located just 45 minutes from Los Angeles, Yorba Linda, 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.
4. Millburn, NJ
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: : $1,800
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.
3. Tenafly, NJ
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $1,855
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.
2. Ladera Ranch, CA
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $1,793
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.
1. Livingston, NJ
Median Rent for a 2-Bedroom Apartment: $2,338
Livingston, 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!
Methodology: Rent.com has assembled the Top 25 Cities for Renters Raising Families with the help of New York based Onboard Informatics ©2014, the premier data and technology company. All demographic data provided by Onboard Informatics is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This list is based on cities and towns with a high concentration of family households (greater than 70 percent), population greater than 10,000 and a median household income of $50K or more. Rental data and median rental rates based on Rent.com data; cities with less than 1,000 rental dwellings were eliminated. Family-friendly criteria that were considered included affordable rental rate, low crime rates and high school scores. Cities with high weather risk (risk of tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) and crime risk greater than the national average were eliminated from the ranking. In addition, the average Public School Test Score Copyright © 2014 GreatSchools.net rating for each city was calculated based on the test score performance of each school and based on a scale of 1-10.
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