If you and your kids live in or are planning to move to Philadelphia, you probably already know all about the family-friendly attractions. There’s the zoo, the Liberty Bell, the Kids Play Place in the Park, and the whole city is practically one giant museum (actually there are over 100 different museums, but you get the idea.) These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
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But when it comes to actually picking a place to live, there are some parts of the city that are just plain better for families than others. We’ve done our homework and rounded up the 10 best neighborhoods, just for families, in Philadelphia: 1. Chestnut Hill
2. Manayunk
3. Roxborough
4. Torresdale
5. East Falls (tie)
5. Somerton (tie)
7. Mount Airy
8. Fairmount-Spring Garden
9. Bustleton
10. Pennsport-Whitman-Queen
We created this list by looking at Philadelphia’s neighborhoods in terms of the following family-friendly criteria:
  • Median household income (higher is better)
  • Percent unemployed (lower is better)
  • Percentage of non-family households (less is better)
  • Average commute time (less is better)
  • Cost of living (less is better)
  • Total crimes per 100,000 people (less is better)
  • High school graduation rate (higher is better)
  • Family-friendly amenities per capita (parks, museums, performing arts, and family practices)
Then, after a little research and a lot of analysis, we had our list. We know you’ve probably had your fill of math talk this week just from checking homework, so we’ll tell you more about our methodology at the end. For now, let’s take a look at our 10 winners.

1. Chestnut Hill

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
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Here’s a challenge for you: Do an image search for "Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia," and see if you don’t want to move there. You can’t do it. And it doesn’t just look like an ideal place for kids (and adults, dogs, cats, goldfish…), it really is. It has more museums, parks, theaters, and family doctors per capita than most cities do, plus, it has one of the highest median incomes and lowest crime rates around, so no stress for Mom and Dad! There are festivals, ice cream shops, toy stores… the list goes on and on.

2. Manayunk

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Mayunk.com via Facebook
When it comes to playing outside, Manayunk can’t be beat. It has more parks per capita than any other neighborhood, plus the Manayunk Canal and Tow Path, where you can go for a run, walk, or just play tag with your kids. (Though if you do and a runner yells at you, don’t get mad at us.) If you’re looking for other families to hang out with, you won’t have to look far here. Only about 30 percent of residents don’t have kids. The cherry on top (or should we say dog biscuit?) is that Manayunk is one of the most dog-friendly communities in Philly, so now you can get a puppy! Every family needs a puppy.

3. Roxborough

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Roxborough YMCA via Facebook
Roxborough is the perfect little community for the whole family. For the kiddos, there are parks like Gorgas Park, there’s bowling, dance classes, and of course, ice cream at Chloe’s Corner (though let’s be honest, that’s for you as much as for them.) And for the grownups, there’s opera, an arts center, shops, gyms… Oh, and people here make a median of over $62,000 and are some of the most employed residents in the city. So there’s that.

4. Torresdale

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Torresdale Branch Library via Facebook
How could a neighborhood with something called The Insectarium not be a good place for kids?! Plus, Torresdale is home to Glen Foerd on the Delaware, which might not be quite as entertaining for your little ones, but hey, Mom and Dad need a night out every now and then. Another plus for the whole family is the shorter than average commute time in Torresdale—less than 30 minutes. That’s about 10 minutes less "Are we there yets?" than most neighborhoods in the city. Also, be sure to visit the Fish Hatchery at Pleasant Hill Park.

5. East Falls

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: East Falls Local via Facebook
This little gem of a community is perfect for families. It has more parks per capita than nearly anywhere else in the city—even though, honestly, Wissahickon Park is about all the park you could ask for. There are two rec centers for the whole family, play areas, arts programs, festivals, and even a community theater. This is the type of idyllic community where kids can still safely play along the tree-lined neighborhood streets and where schools are better-ranked than most anywhere in the city.

5. Somerton

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Somerton Youth Organization via Facebook
In this community, your family will not only feel well-taken care of physically, with a handful of family doctors, but emotionally as well, with plenty of nearby theaters and other entertainment. Plus, you’ll actually be able to afford it, since the cost of living here is so low! Somerton’s also a good place for dining out with the whole family, especially when it comes to pizza. (And what kind of family doesn’t like pizza?!) You can start out with Aldo’s Pizzerama, then hit up Pisticci Pizza, and then for dinner, Original Village Pizza. Three meals without ever having to leave Somerton.

7. Mount Airy

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Mt Airy Village via Facebook
When looking for a good place to raise a family, there’s one thing that may be more important than the rest: other families! You won’t have any trouble finding other parents or children in Mount Airy—only about 33 percent of residents here don’t have kids. There are plays to see, dance workshops to take, and pottery to create at Six Senses Clay Studio. There are plenty of kid-friendly galleries and cafes to visit, moonlight movies to watch in the park, and of course, all of the festivities at Finally Friday, an event at the end of each month to celebrate local vendors and restaurants.

8. Fairmount-Spring Garden

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Fairmount CDC via Facebook
If we had to pick one word to sum up this neighborhood it would be "stress-free." Okay, so that’s more like two words, but hey, don’t worry about it. We’re sure the people in Fairmount-Spring Garden won’t be. Why is this such a relaxing area? Well, first off, residents here have a higher median income than in most places in the city, enabling them to actually get out and enjoy all the nearby museums (it’s just minutes away from Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to some of Philly’s finest museums). For the kids in particular, the schools are second to none, with one of the highest high school graduation rates around.

9. Bustleton

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Bustleton Branch-Free Library of Philadelphia via Facebook
This diverse community is home to people from around the world, including a bustling Russian and Ukrainian community. If you decide to live in Bustleton, your kids will get to experience a variety of cultures and foods without even leaving the neighborhood, let alone country. Of course, Moldova Restaurant’s Mamaliga Trapeza isn’t reason enough to move somewhere. Okay, maybe it is, but there are also other reasons your family will love Bustleton. The median income here is well above the Philadelphia average, at over $62,000, and the crime rate is about 40 percent lower than in the rest of the city! Now if that doesn’t give you a sense of security for your family, we don’t know what will.

10. Pennsport-Whitman-Queen

These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods for Families in Philly
Source: Whitman Branch (Free Library of Philadelphia) Facebook Page
Think of Pennsport-Whitman-Queen as three communities, each with its own flavor, all rolled up into one fantastic neighborhood for families. In the Pennsport area, there’s a growing number of shops and restaurants, but don’t expect anything close to a bustling "going out" district. Pennsport is a quiet and mostly residential area with safe streets and family-filled homes. For something a bit more lively, though, you can take the fam down the river to Queen Village or Whitman. Here, you can visit Fashion Row to shop, the farmers market at Headhouse Square, or the oh-so-awesome Philly InMovement, which is essentially paradise for children.