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7 Reasons Why Suburbs are a Great Place to Raise a Family
Are you a city child and want to give the same to your kids? Well, it might be smart to reconsider your decision. Raising a family in the suburbs can be one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children for different reasons. Here’s why suburbs are a great place to start and raise your family.
Peace and quiet are guaranteed
One of the main advantages of suburb living is peace and quiet on the streets. Suburbs have traffic, but it’s not remotely as noisy as it is in the city where it can often keep you up all night. There are fewer people living in a wider, more open space, you can enjoy less noise from your neighbors as wells. Plus, there’s a bigger chance you’ll opt for house living instead of apartment living which means you won’t need to share a wall with anyone. House communities of suburbs are much more peaceful that apartment complexes of cities.
Great schools are all around
If you want to raise your family right, you will need to have good schools nearby. Even though schools are getting better everywhere, suburbs still tend to have much better access to good education and higher-rated schools. Suburban schools are usually best-rated ones in the state. Why? Well, suburbs usually have more wealth which means more money is flowing into the school system. This results in a better teacher-to-student ratio and less crowded classes.
You get more room for your buck
Sure, raising a family in the suburbs can`t always be a piece of cake, but when you have a larger property at your disposal, you sure can avoid some of the crowding and arguments over the bathroom schedule. Living in a suburban house offers more convenience and space. If this is something that blows your mind, check out amazing houses for sale in Northern Beaches, and see what you can get for your money. If you always wanted an airy property with outdoor space where your kids can play, that kind of suburbs has what you seek. And parking is much more available, especially with those secure parking spaces that come with most properties.
Better access to amenities
We live in the age of New Urbanism that’s bringing more life and variety to suburban life. Thanks to Millennial migration into the suburbs, we have many amenities closer than ever. New suburban communities are designed to be walkable, green and practical. Some suburbs even invest in mixed-use spaces so suburbs start to feel like small cities, save the high price tag of urban living.
There’s more greenery
While cities like Austin, Texas or Melbourne, Australia have plenty of urban green spaces, not every city is blessed with greenery. Luckily, if you opt for suburban living, you can expect more greenery and nature at hand’s reach. And we all know just how important it is to raise kids in contact with nature. You can have regular family picnics, hikes and camping trips.
Neighbourhoods are safer and friendlier
While cities are safer today than they’ve ever been in the past, they still have a higher crime rate than suburban communities. Suburbs are often gated and populated with wealthier people, both of which bring safety and lower crime. And for someone raising a family with young kids, safety is at the top of the list of concerns. Additionally, your kids will most likely go to school with other neighborhood kids which means they will have more friends to play and socialize with. Suburbs are usually populated with families so you can have playdates, lunch dates with other parents and babysitters available whenever you want.
Living in suburbs has its downsides (lower diversity, longer commutes, less entertainment) but if you get your priorities straight, you will see that it’s the best way to raise your family right now. It’s safe, secure, comfortable and peaceful—a perfect environment for good family life.
Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”