Bismarck, Fargo among top places to raise a family

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WalletHub) – 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 2019’s Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family as well as accompanying videos.

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.

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

Best vs. Worst

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has 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.
  • Overland Park, Kansas, has the lowest share of families receiving food stamps, 3.09 percent, which is 15.2 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 46.91 percent.
  • 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.

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