With nearly 32% of people who moved last year citing being closer to family as the main reason, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
To determine the most family-friendly places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 46 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to school-system quality to the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated.
|Best Cities for Families||Worst Cities for Families|
|1. Fremont, CA||173. Augusta, GA|
|2. Overland Park, KS||174. Jackson, MS|
|3. Irvine, CA||175. Shreveport, LA|
|4. Plano, TX||176. Fayetteville, NC|
|5. Columbia, MD||177. Newark, NJ|
|6. San Diego, CA||178. San Bernardino, CA|
|7. Seattle, WA||179. Birmingham, AL|
|8. San Jose, CA||180. Memphis, TN|
|9. Madison, WI||181. Cleveland, OH|
|10. Scottsdale, AZ||182. Detroit, MI|
Best vs. Worst
- New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of the population), 0.666034, which is 13.4 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.049627.
- Irvine, California, has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 0.51, which is 46.1 times fewer than in Memphis, Tennessee, the city with the most at 23.52.
- Columbia, Maryland, has the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $123,819, which is 3.4 times higher than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at $36,758.
- Overland Park, Kansas, has the lowest share of families receiving food stamps, 2.03 percent, which is 20.6 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 41.73 percent.
- South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest share of families living in poverty, 2.50 percent, which is eleven times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 27.60 percent.