11 differences between raising kids in a big city versus the suburbs

Raising children in the suburbs can often be more expensive than in the city.

While many parents leave the big city to raise their kids in the suburbs, others opt to keep their family in a more bustling metropolitan environment.

Some of the key differences between the two lifestyles include transportation, cost of childcare, and the overall racial, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity of people you’ll interact with. Reports have shown it’s sometimes cheaper to live in a city, despite many preconceived notions. However, while suburbs certainly have hidden costs, the size of a family home is always bigger compared to a city apartment at the same price.

Urban versus suburban experiences will always vary depending on city or neighborhood, but there are some general categories that remain true for every area. Many cities are not designed for kids. However, some parenting blogs ensure readers that most cities are adaptable to family lifestyle.

Ultimately, a key difference in raising kids in the city versus the suburbs is what you’ll spend your money on. Though it is important to note that kids — regardless of where they are raised — are extremely expensive.

Keep reading for some of the key differences between city and suburban life for kids.