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Best States to Relocate to & Raise My Family???

My husband and I are thinking about relocating in July 2012. We're looking for a good place to raise our two children, good school systems, safe neighborhoods w/ friendly neighbors, and we want warm weather majority of the year :-)))) Thank you in advance for your advice.

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i agree with Utah! Lots of mormons, but they dont tend to be as pushy about their religion as mormons elsewhere. I have a lot of family out there and went to college in Provo. I wish i could convince my hubby to move there, everything is geared towards families and the people are super nice

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It's a long way from Philly, but Irvine, CA has everything you are looking for. Excellent schools, tons of nice parks, walking/biking trails, and always ranked as one of the safest cities in the country. Oh, and it is southern CA so the weather is great. Plus, you are very close to Disneyland and only an hour from LA and San Diego. Easy access to the beach and to snow mountains.

Housing isn't cheap and backyards aren't too big, but it really is a great place to raise a family. I grew up here, moved to LA for 14 years, and then moved back to Irvine when I had kids.

As you consider different cities, visit www.citymommy.com to get info on the areas you're considering, There is a citymommy site for about 45 different areas across the country. Irvine can be found at http://oc.citymommy.com

Good luck!

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I was about to tell you how wonderful it is here in Alaska, but the weather thing knocks us out :)

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i agree with Utah! Lots of mormons, but they dont tend to be as pushy about their religion as mormons elsewhere. I have a lot of family out there and went to college in Provo. I wish i could convince my hubby to move there, everything is geared towards families and the people are super nice

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I love my small town TX. Everything is cheap, jobs in SE Texas have not suffered, and it is beautiful. I am used to the humidity, some may not like it. I'm far enough away from the big city to not have too many neighbors, but close enough to some big things and lots of culture. (I'm talking an hour drive or less and the traffic is nothing.) We paid $25k for our five acres about 8 years ago, and we are getting ready to build our 2,500 square foot dream home for about $125k, everything custom. Families all know each other and look out for each other in small town, TX, and I love that so much about living here. I believe in many polls, TX is repeatedly named as one of the friendliest states! Oh, and football is big here, LOVE that! I've lived here my whole life, (different cities all within 2 hours of each other), and would never consider living anywhere else. We own our own businesses now, but before that finding a job was never a problem, and I love that the houses here are roomier than I see on these shows where the buyers are paying an arm and a leg for nothing!
I will also add we are looking at buying at about 300 acres for a little over $400k.
Just want to add- in my 32 years I've never had softball size hail here? I can count on two fingers the times I remember hail the size of dimes. Also- we are far enough away from the coast to not have to worry about hurricanes.
My brother lives in a small town outside of Austin. It is beautiful, family friendly, and soooo pretty. Just thought of that as being another area to check out. We live in small town SE Texas. It is about a 3.5 hour drive to visit them outside of Austin.


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Overland Park, Kansas makes the best places lists often. Our schools are excellent, city is safe and accessible, and other than winter, we have decent weather!




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I would tend to stay away from big cities and SUPER small (one traffic light) cities. Anywhere you go you need to keep your eyes peeled because there are always pedos and freaks wanting to hurt people. I agree about Utah, a lot of mormons here but it seems like there's less crime. I naturally don't trust people so I watch out anyways (I'm from a big city and paranoid lol) but I live in st george and I'm glad I can go to the gas station without a big chance of being mugged or my daughter getting hurt. My brother goes to school in provo UVU and you can't smoke or drink on campus (in dorms etc) or they kick you out. Seems like cops are more prone to act on things. Provo snows in the winter, st george rarely does... I'd say arizona but there is growing violence there (I lived there for 2 years) and I'd be scared to live in Cali with kids from staying there a couple years ago. Good for you for wanting to get out of crime areas though :) If you move to colorado just keep an eye out for pedos and SOME polygamists... some of them pounce on younger kids (my friends ex was a polygamist) and my friends currently lives in colorado.

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Provo Utah.
It's been one of the best family cities lists several times. It's a medium size city. Hour away from Salt Lake. There are of course Mormons here, but there are a lot of other religions here, despite what people say. I love going to the Krishna Temple for the Color Fest every March. Sooo much fun!
I actually like Orem better. It's the city right next to Provo. The police dept is better, crime rate is the same or better than Orem. Lots of clean parks. VERY family friendly city (so is Provo), great universities (Utah Valley U is a great school that has a lot of top 10 programs)
Or there are a lot of good cities in the Salt Lake Valley. They all do have higher crime rates than Utah Valley, but they are bigger cities. We do have an Ikea! Salt Lake is a great arts community. Art is everywhere. It's also family friendly and has great parks.
If you want any other info, you can just message me.

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We know 3 families who moved here in the last year because of the same reasons. I am partial to Pittsburgh as well as another poster. My son and I stay busy every day if we want, compared to other mom friends that we know living in VA, NC, GA, FL, AR, IL. Also, for a lot less. Folks can't believe at how much we do year round. I've lived in other states for 18years and never found what we have here. Cost of living is reasonable, been #1 city to live more than once, have more zip codes as best cities to raise family in the country's top 100, top city for entrepreneural, top city for medical. Popcity.com is a great resource on Pittsburgh and its suburbs. They've also highlighted several families that have moved here after doing years of research on where to live.

There are some sites out there, where you can plug in your wish list, and prioritize them - resulting in recommendations for you. I would try some of those as well. Good luck!!!

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