Top Family-Friendly Towns for Relocation

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Our team of movers love the entire Bay Area region and all of its cultural, economic, and climatic diversity – from industrial Oakland to technology-centric corners of Palo Alto and San Jose to colorful neighborhoods, like the Castro in SF, to the wine drenched communities in the Sonoma and Napa valleys.

But some Bay Area cities are better for families than others.

To determine an area’s “family friendliness,” real estate analysts consider factors such as crime data, the amount of green space an urban area has, the success of local school systems (based on test scores), the cost of housing, demographic elements, the availability (or lack thereof) of jobs, and the strength of a community’s fabric.

Here are some family-friendly towns in the Bay Area:

Moving to the Bay AreaAlameda

Alameda offers a relaxed, relatively diverse environment with a very low crime rate and a lot of public parks (e.g. Lincoln Park, Sharman Park, Hamilton, et cetera). It’s known as the “Island City” for a reason – it offers rest from the hustle and bustle of more metropolitan San Francisco.

Albany

Albany is another great town with a low crime rate, plenty of green space, and excellent public elementary schools.

Palo Alto

Whether you founded a tech startup, or you’re a professor at Stanford, you will obviously “heart” Palo Alto, which Livability.com just ranked the top place to live in the U.S. in 2014. If you can’t swing moving to Palo Alto, don’t get too jealous: 11 of the top 22 cities on Livability’s list were in the Bay Area!

Oakland Hills

Most folks wouldn’t consider Oakland to be “family friendly,” because of a crime rate that’s 7 times that of the ‘burbs. But the Oakland Hills has its charms. It has its own zoo, children’s theme park, and space and science center along with an amazing park system and great views.

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