List of 15 Worst U.S. Cities to Raise Your Kids Released By the USDA
You’ve seen the lists of best and worst cities for health and fitness and perhaps even those with the highest paying jobs. This latest survey, however, will strike fear in the hearts of some parents, as it’s a list of the 15 worst cities to raise your kids.
The list, which is based on new data by the USDA, was configured measuring cost projections for raising a child for the first year in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) against that metro area’s median household wage. This was used to figure out the amount of income per household that is devoted to baby care. They also considered the number of ob/gyns per capita, the average commute time for parents, the percentage of the population that is 5 years or younger, and the number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents.
Worried about how your city stacks up? If it’s listed among these 15, you might want to consider relocating! Per the report, these cities are the 15 worst for raising kids:
1. New York City, New York
2. Santa Cruz, CA
3. Los Angeles, CA
4. Hagerstown, MD
5. Worcester, MA
6. Miami, FL
7. Santa Rosa, CA
8. Bremerton, WA
9. San Francisco, CA
10. Riverside, CA
11. Providence, RI
12. Portland, OR
13. Modesto, CA
14. Boston, MA
15. Chicago, Il
If you think about the cost of living alone, San Francisco, Miami, and New York City are no-brainers, as it’s hard to afford living there as an adult let alone to raise your kids. There were a few shockers, though. Portland, OR, strikes me as a very family-friendly city, as do areas in Massachusetts (and, yet, they had two cities on the list).
I’m from a suburb of Chicago and have always considered that area to be relatively reasonable, although the survey found that the cost of baby’s first year was $25,000, while the percentage of the household income dedicated to that would be 45%. Ouch! No wonder all my friends have moved to the ‘burbs.
Interestingly enough, the city with the highest cost for raising a baby for its first year was Santa Cruz, CA, at a steep $38,800. That’s 62% of their household income. Double ouch!
Were you surprised by any of these cities? Have you raised a child in a city on the list? Share your stories below!