6. Homewood, Alabama
Not many Americans think Alabama is a place of opportunity, but you would be wrong. Homewood is a suburb of Birmingham and has award-winning schools, an array of parks, and a great location on the map.
The school system is small, but every grade has received national recognition, especially for music. Additionally, there are a number of top-ranking universities within several miles of Homewood.
The community is diverse, and African-American families can enjoy a rich representation of their history throughout the area, such as the Negro Southern League Museum, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and more. All families are encouraged to make use of the Homewood parks, which have things like Easter egg hunts, Fourth of July festivals, and Christmas parades.