America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up

Low crime, strong schools, green spaces, and fun activities are key ingredients for a happy childhood.


Edison, N.J.: Working parents in Edison, N.J., can take advantage of the township's expansive after-school programs, which expose youngsters to a host of activities, including magic, piano, cooking, and arts and crafts. More than 30 area parks have facilities for tennis, basketball, soccer, and other sports. At the same time, this community of about 100,000 also offers organized youth leagues for everything from softball to lacrosse.

Here's our list of America's 10 Best Places to Grow Up:

  • Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Madison, Ala.
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Overland Park, Kan.
  • Boston
  • Denver
  • Rochester, Minn.
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Plano, Texas
  • Edison, N.J.