When you start having kids, the things you look for in a city are bound to evolve—it’s less about the bars and nightlife and more about the schools and sense of community. Suddenly your hour-long commute both ways seems unbearable, and the fact that you never talk to your neighbors? Not okay. What does become important: finding a place to live that’s both safe and fun, with good job opportunities and plenty of activities for the under-5 set.
The list below was compiled using population data from the US Census Bureau; crime data from the FBI; school data from SchoolDigger; and school ratings from neighborhood-ranking site