Best Place to Raise Your Kids: California
Nearest city: Los Angeles
Median family income: $83,480
Runners-up: Monterey Park, Diamond Bar
Arcadia, located about 20 miles from Los Angeles, is the state’s best place to raise kids for the second consecutive year because of its low crime and excellent schools. The population of Arcadia includes a number of peacocks that hang out in the neighborhood near the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden.