Some data revealed a list of the best places to raise a family in the United States, and I was surprised by how Indiana was represented there.

As someone who was born and raised here in Indiana, and plan to repeat that with my children, I can honestly say that I'm proud of my home. Granted, I know everyone's situation is different growing up, but I don't think that Indiana is a bad place to raise a family. Aside from the bipolar weather we have here, Indiana has a lot to offer families. However, it seems like outsiders disagree.

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Recently, Indiana was named one of the least fun states in America. Now, another study has revealed the best places to raise a family. I was surprised that there were only two Indiana cities on this list of almost 200 cities throughout the country. Before I get into that, I must first say that I believe that there are way more than two cities in Indiana that are great to raise a family. I mean if it was good enough to be Lincoln's boyhood home, it is good enough for everyone else.


Best Places to Raise a Family in America

WalletHub's list of Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family ranks these cities with the following metrics:

With families in mind, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 46 key metrics that consider essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation. While obviously not perfect — given personal preferences and the limitations of publicly available data — our findings will hopefully give movers a sense of their options.

Out of over 180 cities on this list, as I said, there were only two Indiana cities...and they were nowhere near the top.

Which Two Indiana Cities Made the List?

By now, you probably want to know which cities made the list, right? Well, these cities might come as a surprise to some. Let's see what you think.

The highest-rated Indiana city on this list is Fort Wayne. The northern Indiana city comes in at number 101 on the list, with an overall score of 50.10.

The second, and final, Indiana city on this list is Indianapolis. The capital city of Indiana comes in at number 147 and has an overall score of 45.32.

In case you were curious, Fremont, California took the top spot on this list. Coming in dead last was the city of Detroit, Michigan. You can take a look at the full list from WalletHub by clicking here.

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