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Best city/suburb to live in the US? Looking for good public schools, temperate weather, outdoor activity options, not overly expensive.

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Born and raised in Northern DFW ~

DFW is a wonderful place, great for families, and is still (mostly) affordable compared to coastal areas but I think that's where the pros end. It doesn't have many cons either though.

If you're particularly worried about reproductive rights or LGBTQ+ rights, do not move to Texas as you will not be advocated for with recent leadership in the State.

The DFW suburbs are a suburban paradise and take the original idea of a suburb to an extreme. Mostly white, (although there are pockets of Indians and other Asians as well) mostly Conservative, mostly Christian, and pretty cookie cutter. I grew up in this environment but having left it, I do feel that my upbringing was a bit sheltered compared to the real world.

Another area that many aren't mentioning are various Chicago suburbs. There are decent schools out here, the weather is about as bad as Texas but in the opposite direction. But I've found the suburbs here are more diverse and have less of a cookie cutter feel. Much like Texas there isn't much outdoorsy activities but I think Chicagoland has DFW beat due to all of it's natural marshland, proximity to the largest lake on the continent, and beautiful forests if you can make the drive.
Some suburbs to check out are Barrington, Naperville, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Lockport, and Dundee.

The only real thing DFW beats Chicagoland on (outside of your preference of weather), is that IL is basically bankrupt so you'll pay more in taxes. That being said, Texas is headed that direction too unfortunately, and Texas doesn't even know it. But for the next 2 decades until that bill comes due, Texas wins there.


Not USA but suggest Calgary Canada… Management Transfer visas are not too hard to get for your company w/ 5 years experience

- Affordable detached homes (~$550k for decent neighbourhood)
- Highest income per capita in NA
- $10 per day daycare (province subsidizes rest, providers can’t charge more)
- Great public schools w/ attendance not tied to where you live… you can choose private / charter too
- Provincial government posted surplus revenues w/ lowest taxes in Canada
- Many great indoor rec centres (i.e. wave pools, gyms, hockey rinks, etc)
- 3 major ski hills <1 hour away w/ passenger train being built to Banff… many more within 3-6 … we love a quick Whitefish Montana weekend or Fernie BC
- Major international airport and main WestJet Hub… also Air Canada Hub … plus US Customs pre clearance
- No one works in August… most companies give you an extra Calgary specific week of vacation or every Friday off in summer


Air Canada took over the Star Alliance Asian routes… KLM is the other big international carrier… WestJet is most most frequent on routes here … between them fly direct to Tokyo, Shanghai, Amsterdam, London, Zurich, Paris

US is pretty much every major city.. Westjet and Delta are codeshare partners

Lots of folks here take a 40 minute flight to Vancouver or Seattle for Emirates… heard there are talks for them to add Calgary

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Come on stop giving us a bad name


Dallas, TX - Northern Suburbs are 10/10


SM1, yea you’re right. I just checked and it hit -4 last year but didn’t go below 19 this year

Far away from far left liberal politicians



I think you are confused…..my mind is decidedly not closed to new ideas….

Loudoun County, Virginia. Not expensive and good schools don’t go together.


I live in Virginia Beach, and I was surprised at how much I grew to love it. Beaches all around, great schools, and so much to do.


Alpharetta GA


I would definitely not compare Birmingham or other cities you mention to Alpharetta or any of the top Atlanta suburbs. Bay Area, NYC etc get very very expensive for the family to be able to fully enjoy, depending on HHI. If that is not an issue, that is a different conversation. With the context of keeping the cost to what is generally considered manageable, conversation changes a bit - IMO.


I think there are pluses and minuses for every place. Pick a spot that makes sense for you for 2-3 things - Jobs/schools/weather and rest will fall in place. I like chicago and wouldn’t move but for someone the weather is a problem. There is nothing like a best city. LA has great weather but traffic sucks. Dallas is dull. Bay Area is expensive, NYC is dirty. There is always something.


North Carolina - Raleigh, Charolette, Durham city and suburbs. Other than those, North Dallas suburbs


The best city to live in the US is New York. But based on your criteria I’d probably go with Chicago’s northern or western suburbs - that’ll tick all your boxes except for weather.


Agreed. Stevenson HS is a surprisingly great value.


Bergen county nj


The biggest sh** hole in America


Richmond, VA. Tons of culture and restaurants, and reasonable cost of living.


Libby and Grove area is very leafy and close to downtown/ the fan . Richmond is great but the airport doesn’t have a ton of options I had to drive to Norfolk a few times


I second Loudoun County. LoCo schools are great and by major metro area standards, it’s quite cheap. 30 minutes to the mountains, 30 minutes to DC.



Agree with Alpharetta or John’s creek(Atlanta suburbs)
Personally I think the Jacksonville area is one the underrated areas


The schools in Alpharetta are above average but not great, so I think that can be a hang up for people coming from other areas of the country


Have you tried google? There are too many variables to give you a single answer.


Naperville, IL or Sherman Oaks, CA


Don't forget about public transit!
If you're in Chicago you get amazing public transit for your taxes.

Saratoga springs NY


Not a suburb but GREAT


San Diego


Stop recommending DC suburbs. It is insanely expensive here y'all are crazy


Not less expensive than all of California. Maybe the cities and beach towns

Sounds like Dallas northern suburbs. Moved here from living in NYC my whole life. Love it here


Mck1: of course it is one of the most boring cities .. another issue is falls along with denver could be the biggest cities with no world renowned universities ..

Arlington VA. Cherry dale neighborhood if you have a family. Expensive but otherwise absolutely incredible.


Ha. Here in Cambridge Ma that would be a deal :)

Laguna Beach


New Jersey


Laughable. I live in NYC and you couldn’t pay me enough to live in NJ (nothing works there, roads and drivers are a mess, and need I remind everyone, it has the highest average property taxes of all states)

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