Here are Opendoor’s top family-friendly cities

August 23, 2022 — Written by Beatrice de Jong

Opendoor's best cities for families

Finding a home that fits your dream list can be difficult. Add in a child (or two), and the criteria can get even tighter. Take the McGinnis family, who were on the hunt for a more spacious family home that could accommodate two home offices in the Dallas area.  

“Working with Opendoor, my wife and I were able to buy a new home, sell our current house and skip the hassle of preparing for open houses with two small kids,” said Billy McGinnis. “The entire process was quick and easy and allowed us to stay in our preferred location and school district for our kids.”

With kids across the country gearing up for another year of learning, we’re helping parents and guardians find their perfect home with this list of our top cities and towns for families. Our list is based on the top family-friendly features, including parks, picnic sites, swimming pools, and proximity to schools.

Our top 15 family-friendly cities and towns:

  1. Cambridge, MA
  2. Cliffside Park, NJ
  3. Arlington, VA
  4. Chandler, AZ 
  5. Tracy, CA 
  6. North Richland Hills, TX 
  7. Denver, CO
  8. Portland, OR
  9. Boulder, CO 
  10. Anaheim, CA 
  11. Coral Gables, FL 
  12. Kent, OH 
  13. Ann Arbor, MI 
  14. Mission, KS 
  15. Avondale Estates, GA 

Other key criteria for family-friendly places to live are:

Academic excellence

According to our real estate trends report, among the most common reasons homeowners cite for selling their home is a better school district. Families looking for highly rated school districts can check out resources like Niche.com and US News’ Education site

The great outdoors

Research from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has shown that children who play outdoors have lower stress levels, develop stronger immune systems, and play more creatively. If you’re looking to maximize outdoor experiences, you’ll feel right at home in Denver, CO, Portland, OR, or Ann Arbor, MI. Each of these areas offers wide open spaces where children can learn and explore. 

Small-town feel

If you’re seeking a small-town feel with big city amenities nearby, look no further than Arlington, VA, or Avondale Estates, GA. Both locations offer areas for outdoor play, neighborhoods with a strong community feel, and a wide selection of restaurants and coffee shops the entire family can enjoy.

Whether you are buying or selling your home, head to opendoor.com for a streamlined experience. Buyers can take advantage of virtual tours to view properties without leaving home. Sellers can receive a preliminary offer in minutes, skipping the hassle of stagings and open houses, all with the flexibility to move on your own timeline.

Methodology: Opendoor’s family-friendly cities and towns are identified by analyzing and averaging the number of OpenStreetMap ‘family friendly’ tags that are within 3 miles of all addresses in a city where Opendoor Brokerage operates. These indicators include such phrases as: community center, garden, museums, park, picnic site, playground, school, swimming pool and supermarket.