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These are the Best (and Worst) Cities to Raise a Family

Considering a new move in time for back to school? Are you seeing positive – or negative – changes in your current city and wondering if it’s still a good place to live? If so, you’d want to review the best – and worst – cities to raise a family.

the Best and Worst cities to Raise a Family

With many families now seeking to put down roots in places of opportunity, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report onn 2019’s Best & Worst Cities to Raise a Family.


To determine the most family-friendly places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 47 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to school-system quality to share of families with young kids.


Before you finalize your family relocation plans, take a closer look at the listed cities below.


Best Cities for Families Worst Cities for Families
1 Overland Park, KS 182 Detroit, MI
2 Fremont, CA 181 Newark, NJ
3 Irvine, CA 180 Cleveland, OH
4 Plano, TX 179 Memphis, TN
5 South Burlington, VT 178 Shreveport, LA
6 Bismarck, ND 177 Wilmington, DE
7 Gilbert, AZ 176 San Bernardino, CA
8 Fargo, ND 175 Hialeah, FL
9 Scottsdale, AZ 174 Baltimore, MD
10 Boise, ID 173 Augusta, GA


St. Louis, MO came in at #169, while Indianapolis, IN ranked 149, Houston, TX 140, Tulsa, OK 115, Chicago, IL #104, and Kansas City, MO #102.


Insterested in how your city ( or a different city) ranked? Hover over your area on the interactive map below.


Source: WalletHub



Best vs. Worst


  • Scottsdale, AZ and Austin, TX tie for the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $109,565, which is 3.5 times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest at $30,889


  • Irvine, California, has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 0.61, which is 34.1 times fewer than in St. Louis, the city with the most at 20.82.


  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest share of families living in poverty, 2.50 percent, which is 13.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 32.70 percent.


  • Utah has the lowest divorce rate, 15.88 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, where it is highest at 26.19 percent.


  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of the population), 0.6607, which is 18.9 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0349.


Take a look at more data below.




One thing is certainly clear: whether you are planning a timely move or desire to remain where you are, havin knowledge about the the best and worst cities can help you make an informed decision for yourself and your family.



What area(s) are you most surprised to see on the list? Share with me in the comments below. 

the Best and Worst cities to Raise a Family

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