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10 Best Cities for Nurses Who Have Children

Some may think contract nursing means being away from your family, but many nursing assignments in cities are great for children. 

Contract nursing with children (and pets!) is easier than you think. In fact, there are tons of benefits to nurses with a family.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or new to contract nursing with your family, the following list will provide you with cities that are ideal for children. 

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10 Best Cities For Nurses Who Have Children

1. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Located in the southeast corner of the state, Virginia Beach is rich in arts, culture, and friendly people. Besides the ocean, you can visit the city’s famous boardwalk, Beach Street USA. This attraction is filled with street artists of all varieties in the summer months.

Whether you are relaxing on the sand or soaking up the arts scene, Virginia Beach is sure to keep you fulfilled while living in one of the best cities for nurses with a family.

2. Sunnyvale, California

Sunnyvale, located in the San Francisco Bay area, is full of vibrancy and beauty. Taking advantage of the mild, northern California climate, this city offers many outdoor activities amidst its lush, green cityscape and public parks. Sunnyvale is part of Silicon Valley, home to the thriving tech world.

With a low crime rate and great schools, you and your children will love your new home in Sunnyvale, California.  

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3. Lehi, Utah

Located halfway between Salt Lake City and Provo, Lehi sits on the northern shore of the freshwater Utah Lake. This city has seen an increase in the technology industry and an overall population growth in the past few years.

The median age in Lehi is 24 years, which is likely due to the city being home to Brigham Young University. This town has a quaint college feel while still offering a sophisticated culture, family-friendly activities, and a short commute to Salt Lake City.    

4. Brentwood, Tennessee

A nearby suburb of Nashville, Brentwood is situated next to the heart of the country music scene. Conveniently for you, it is also home to more than 400 healthcare companies, according to the Nashville Health Care Council. With a high median household income, you will be sure to find a great place to call home in Brentwood.

5. Carmel, Indiana

This suburb of Indianapolis is growing quickly. It was selected as one of the Best Places to live in the United States by CNN Money.

Yet despite its growth, Carmel has maintained its small-town Midwestern charm while adding modern amenities, such as a multimillion-dollar water park—ideal for helping you keep the kids happy and entertained. And if that wasn’t enough, the schools are top-notch, too.

6. Flower Mound, Texas

A suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this town offers affordable housing close to the metropolitan area. Flower Mound, named after the prominent 50-foot mound of wildflowers located on the eastern end of town, is home to many families, thanks to the excellent school system. 

When you couple that with the town’s convenient offerings, fun attractions, and easy commute to Dallas, Flower Mound easily becomes one of the best cities for nurses with families. 

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7. Linton Hall, Virginia

Located in Prince William County, Linton Hall is approximately 40 miles west of Washington D.C. Great schools, a stress-free commute, and a surrounding area steeped in history and culture make this city a smart choice for nurses with families. There will be no shortage of activities to keep you and your kids busy on days off.

8. Cambridge, Massachusetts

If you have dreams of sending your children to Harvard or MIT, moving to Cambridge can't hurt their chances of getting in. 

One of the most well-educated cities in America, Cambridge is full of cultural activities sure to please parents and children alike. Deep historical roots, a picturesque setting, and unique architecture are additional reasons to consider moving to Cambridge or even Massachusetts in general.

9. Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, boasts good schools and plenty of higher education opportunities. It is also full of exciting kid-friendly destinations, like Marbles Kids Museum and Yates Mill County Park. 

Meaning, your family will have no shortage of amusements while you get to enjoy a chance to work at some of the largest, most cutting-edge facilities in the country.

10. Overland Park, Kansas

Overland Park is a suburb of Kansas City, which sits along the Missouri River. With recent economic and population growth, this city is thriving. The local schools spend more per student than the national average, providing top-notch educational opportunities. 

Meanwhile, local farmers' markets, museums, and parks allow you to get the best of what the city has to offer for both you and your kids.

 These best cities for nurses have lots to offer for both you and your family. Choose one of these cities for your next nursing assignment.

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