With wedding season over and many young families seeking to put down roots in places of opportunity, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017′s Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family.

To determine the most family-friendly places in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated cities across 41 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to school-system quality to share of families with young kids.

Best Cities for Families Worst Cities for Families
1 Overland Park, KS 141 Memphis, TN
2 Madison, WI 142 Newark, NJ
3 Plano, TX 143 Augusta, GA
4 Seattle, WA 144 Jackson, MS
5 Fremont, CA 145 Miami, FL
6 Minneapolis, MN 146 Hialeah, FL
7 Virginia Beach, VA 147 Shreveport, LA
8 Sioux Falls, SD 148 San Bernardino, CA
9 Irvine, CA 149 Detroit, MI
10 Lincoln, NE 150 Birmingham, AL

Best vs. Worst

  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of the population), 0.5749, which is 17.4 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0330.
  • Irvine, California, has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 0.56, which is 32.4 times fewer than in St. Louis, the city with the most at 18.17.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $101,588, which is 3.4 times higher than in New York, the city with the lowest at $29,510.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest divorce rate, 11.82 percent, which is 3.5 times lower than in Cleveland, the city with the highest at 41.51 percent.
  • Irvine, California, has the lowest share of families receiving food stamps, 2.93 percent, which is 16.9 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 49.57 percent.
  • Overland Park, Kansas, has the lowest share of families living below the poverty line, 3.4 percent, which is 10.4 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 35.5 percent.

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POSTED: 09/05/17 at 10:32 am. FILED UNDER: News