The Woodlands named No. 2 best city in America to raise family, report says


HOUSTON – Everyone in Houston knows the city is a great place to live.

From The Woodlands to Galveston, Katy to Baytown, and everywhere in between, our city is a gem of America.

Proving us right yet again, Niche released its 2018 Best Places to Live rankings, and not surprisingly, four Texas cities rank in the top 13 of best cities to raise a family.

Out of 228 ranked cities, The Woodlands is the second best city to raise a family in America, according to the report. Naperville, a city in Illinois, came in at the top of the rankings.

The rankings "explore 15,000+ cities, towns, and neighborhoods nationwide based on cost of living, public schools, safety, jobs, local amenities, and more. Data was analyzed from the U.S. Census, FBI, CDC, and Dept. of Ed., along with millions of resident reviews."

Here is a list of the top 15 cities to raise a family, according to the report:

  • Naperville, Illinois
  • The Woodlands, Texas
  • Plano, Texas
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Arlington, Texas
  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Irvine, California
  • Columbia, Maryland
  • Richardson, Texas
  • Bellevue, Washington
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Berkeley, California
  • Round Rock, Texas
  • Rochester, Miinnesota
  • Boulder, Colorado

The Woodlands also ranked No. 7 on the list of Best Cities to Live in America.

Here's the top 10 on that list:

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Naperville, IL
  • Berkley, CA
  • Plan, TX
  • Arlington, VA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • The Woodlands, TX
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Richardson, TX
  • Irvine, CA

In Niche's Best Neighborhoods to Live in Houston rankings, Memorial came in at the top.

Also included in the Top 10 were Braeswood, Clear Lake and the Astrodome area.

Here is a list of the Top 10 neighborhoods in Houston:

  • Memorial
  • University Place
  • Washington Avenue Coalition/Memorial Park
  • Braeswood
  • Clear Lake
  • Astrodome Area
  • Midtown
  • Neartown - Montrose
  • Museum Park
  • Greenway/Upper Kirby Area