6. Fort Wayne, Ind.
How much does Fort Wayne have babies on the brain? Its Early Childhood Alliance nonprofit organization started rating the city's child-care businesses based on health and safety standards, education of staff and other factors a few years ago. Its program was so successful that the whole state began implementing it.
What the rest of Indiana doesn't have, however, is median home prices around $107,000, lots of parents groups and 24 miles of stroller-friendly trails along Fort Wayne's three rivers.