The American South is a great place to raise a family. It’s a place where manners and propriety are still observed, and hospitality has not gone out of style. The South is ever-increasingly becoming a region of industry and opportunity. As more and more businesses open up shop in Southern states, an influx of new families are coming to the region. So if you’re considering a move to the South, here are 10 fantastic places to raise a family.
10. Piedmont, Oklahoma
Located just outside Oklahoma City, Piedmont has excellent schools, and its high school even earned an “A” from the state department of education. It’s a small town, with roughly 6,000 residents. However, its proximity to the state’s largest city puts Piedmont within easy traveling distance of the city’s ample job opportunities and flourishing arts district.
9. Williamsburg, Kentucky
Known as “The Gateway to the Cumberlands,” picturesque Williamsburg sits on the Cumberland river, making it a beautiful place to live. With fewer than 6,000 residents, Williamsburg still has plenty to do. Home to the Kentucky Splash water park and University of the Cumberlands, the little town is full of life and opportunities.
8. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
With excellent schools and a high average income, Mount Pleasant is a premier community to raise your family. Situated just outside Charleston between the Wando River and the East Coast, Mount Pleasant has a population of over 67,000, and offers plentiful employment opportunities and family-friendly recreation.
7. Glen Allen, Virginia
Just North of Richmond we find the bustling suburb of Glen Allen. With just over 14,000 residents and a close drive to Richmond, Glen Allen offers a lot of great jobs, shopping and restaurants. In addition, Glen Allen has excellent schools and a cultural arts center.
6. Arlington, Tennessee
With an easy commute to Memphis and a high average income level, Arlington, Tenn. is a great place to raise kids. Arlington also has an excellent school district and a low cost of living.
5. Friendswood, Texas
With its first-rate school district and proximity to Houston, Friendswood has been recognized time and time again as a fantastic place to raise kids. Friendswood has plentiful employment opportunities, a high rate of income growth, and was also named the “Best City to Raise a Family in America” by Zoomtens.
4. Pace, Florida
This small city outside Pensacola offers good schools and a high average for family incomes, making it one of the fastest growing communities in Santa Rosa County. Pace’s population more than doubled between the 2000 U.S. Census and the 2010 U.S. Census, growing from over 7,000 to over 20,000.
3. Rincon, Georgia
Located on the outskirts of Savannah, Rincon is a bustling city with a high rate of school satisfaction and a high level of family income. Rincon has around 9,000 residents, so it’s still got the small-town vibe, while also being the largest city in Effingham County.
2. Southside, Alabama
Nestled on the Coosa River, Southside is a lovely community with just over 8,000 residents. Known as one of the fastest growing cities in Etowah County, Southside has a high ranking school district and a ton of families with small kids, so it’s very family-friendly. Southside was ranked one of the 30 safest cities in Alabama by Safewise, and hosts an annual celebration called “Cityfest.”
1. Waxhaw, North Carolina
Located just South of Charlotte, Waxhaw is a small town of a little over 10,000 residents. The town may be small, but it’s full of activity, like Jammin’ by the Tracks concert series and First Fridays, a shopping event in downtown. Waxhaw also has great schools and a relatively low cost of living, which makes it a wonderful place to raise a family in the South.