Finding Our Place: The Great American City Hunt for Families Like Ours

Autism best cities

Hey there, fellow parents and curious minds! As someone navigating the rollercoaster ride of raising an autistic child, I’ve been on a quest—a quest to find the best city in the good ol’ USA where the sidewalks are paved with understanding, and the parks are sprinkled with sensory-friendly swings. So, grab your metaphorical travel mug of coffee (or wine—no judgment here), and let’s tour the cities that claim to be autism-friendly wonderlands!

1. San Francisco, California – The Golden Gate to Support

Oh, San Francisco, with your foggy charm and hills that give our calves a better workout than a month at the gym. But it’s not just the physical landscape that’s uplifting; it’s also the incredibly supportive environment for families like ours. Home to a plethora of therapy centers and cutting-edge research, it’s where the autism community can find both solace and cappuccinos that cost as much as a small car payment. High cost of living? Sure, but who needs a savings account when you have access to the best developmental programs in the country?

2. Minneapolis, Minnesota – Cooler Than a Cucumber in a Freezer

If you can brave the winters that might freeze your hot chocolate while it’s still in the cup, Minneapolis is a heartwarming hub of inclusivity and support. The city is known for its top-notch healthcare and welcoming community that sports more layers than an onion—and I’m not just talking about it during the winter. Educational resources? Plenty. Sensory-friendly activities? You betcha. Just pack your parka, and you’re set!

3. Denver, Colorado – Mile-High Hopes and Dreams

Next stop, Denver! It’s more laid-back than a recliner after Thanksgiving dinner. Denver offers a breathtaking backdrop for our family adventures and a robust network of services for children with autism. The city is all about outdoor activities that can soothe even the most sensory-sensitive souls, proving that nature is the best therapist (and significantly cheaper).

4. Rochester, New York – Not Just About the Kodak Moments

Rochester isn’t just home to a big waterfall and the echoes of a camera empire; it’s also a beacon of light for families like ours. With initiatives like the Golisano Children’s Hospital, this city is on the Kodak roll of fame for more than just picturesque snowfalls—it’s a leader in developmental pediatrics. Who knew that the best place for our kids could also be where you get to wear stylish winter boots for half the year?

5. Austin, Texas – Keepin’ It Weird and Wonderful

Last but certainly not least, let’s not forget about Austin, where the city motto is to “Keep Austin Weird.” And weird is good—we thrive on different! This city not only belts out live music that makes our hearts sing but also offers a symphony of support for the autism community. With its vibrant educational programs and an array of therapeutic services, Austin is where you can rock a cowboy hat and an advocacy cap simultaneously.

Wrapping It Up

So there you have it, my rundown of the best cities to raise a child on the autism spectrum. Each city has its quirks, like every member of our little families. Now, if only they could all come together to form one super city—let’s call it Autisopolis—we’d all pack up and move tomorrow, wouldn’t we?

But until that utopian dream comes true, we’ll keep exploring, one city at a time, finding joy in the communities that embrace our unique journeys. After all, it’s not just about finding the best place to live; it’s about finding where we feel we belong. Safe travels, everyone, and remember: the best GPS is your heart (though sometimes, Google Maps helps, too).


My name is Adi, and I am the proud parent of Saar, a lively 17-year-old who happens to have autism. I have created a blog,, with the aim to share our family's journey and offer guidance to those who may be going through similar experiences.Saar, much like any other teenager, has a passion for football, cycling, and music. He is also a budding pianist and enjoys painting. However, his world is somewhat distinct. Loud sounds can be overwhelming, sudden changes can be unsettling, and understanding emotions can be challenging. Nevertheless, Saar is constantly learning and growing, and his unwavering resilience is truly remarkable.

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