Best Cities to Raise Kids in FL and NJ

October 5, 2022

With Halloween approaching, Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas lurking in the distance, we are approaching the time of the year where family time is the most important.

To celebrate families in our two home states, we have put our team of data whizzes together with the task of finding the most child friendly cities in New Jersey and Florida for raising a family.

You can use the tool below to navigate around your home state to see which county has the highest ranking.

At a Glance: Best Places in New Jersey for Families

At the top of the child friendly cities ranking chart for New Jersey counties is Camden where top rankings in all categories make the city the state highlight. Camden has the most kid friendly attractions per 10,000 kids and also ranks in the top three for the three others.

Union City ranks second in the New Jersey ranking charts despite having more schools and better school rankings than any other county. The only thing keeping Union City off top spot is the older average age and the lack of kid friendly attractions. 

Making up the top five places for kids in New Jersey are Clifton (3rd), Bayonne and Jersey City (5th).

At the opposite end of the ranking charts for New Jersey cities are Hamilton township, Toms River, Brick and Newark where higher average ages and low school rankings hold them back.

Best Places in Florida for Families

With some of the most populous cities in the US, you might consider Miami, Jacksonville or Orlando to be at the top of our newest ranking charts. But, our new data shows that Coral Springs is the best Floridian place for raising children. Consistent rankings across the categories, including two 2nd place rankings for school rankings and kid friendly attractions, hold Coral Springs in the best place.

Hollywood, Miramar, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville also feature in the top 5 in a chronological order.

At the opposite end of the scale are Port St Lucie, Cape Coral and Jacksonville which all perform poorly for the density of schools per 10,000 kids, the number of kid friendly attractions and their average age.

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