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Raising a family in NYC certainly can be hectic. Many feel it’s a terrible idea, often citing the lack of space and scarcity of greenery. However, for a lot of New Yorker’s they wouldn’t have it any other way. Living in the city has many benefits, benefits which are lost out on by a move to the ‘burbs.’ If you still have doubts about raising children in NYC then read on to see why we think it’s one of the best places around.
1. It has some of the best museums in the world
New York has a plethora of museums, a few of which are some of the finest in the world. By their mid-teens, most city kids will be very familiar with the exhibits and layouts of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Morgan Library and Museum to name just a few. The cultural value of this to a growing child is hard to imagine.
2. Beautiful city parks that double as backyards
It may be known as a concrete jungle but New York is far from short on green spaces. Suburban kids might have backyards but city kids have dozens of scenic parks to choose from. Each one is different in its own way and more often than not you’ll find something going on there most days of the week.
3. Less commute time means more time with your kids
Living in metropolitan New York means less commute time between work, home, and school. Many families in the suburbs usually only see their kids on the weekend because of the long commute times. Living in the city means you never have to get far which is even better if the rest of the extended family is also living there.
4. There’s more diversity
Approximately 37% of the NYC’s population is foreign-born. Adding to that you’ve got the countless millions who are descended from earlier immigrants. Such a melting pot creates incredible diversity which makes kids growing up there more worldly and well-rounded. Not to be overlooked either is the varied number of cuisines that can be found all over the city.
5. It has some of the best doctors and medical facilities in the country
If your child gets sick in NYC it’s a prescription for some of the best medical care in the country. The city has three hospitals that are ranked among the top 20 in the country. That’s one more than any other city. Even if you never have to call on those services it’s comforting to know they are there.
6. It’s a 24/7 city, even for kids
Being a parent is a 24/7 job, making a city that runs 24/7 a lot more convenient. You don’t even have to leave your home for groceries thanks to FreshDirect. For diapers and other baby supplies, Diaperkind has you covered. If you need food delivered at any time of the day or night the local dinner can take care of it. There are now even delivery services that specialize in allergy-sensitive and organic baby food.