Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-families/4435 John S Kiernan, Managing Editor

Families move often and for various reasons. In fact, the average American can expect to move an estimated 11.4 times in a lifetime. Moving can be a sign of opportunity, such as a new job or long-term wealth accumulation, but people may also move because of instability such as foreclosure or job loss. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, families will likely be looking for cities that provide the most safety and have the lowest unemployment rates. With families in mind, WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on 48 key metrics that consider essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation. While obviously not perfect — given personal preferences and the limitations of publicly available data — our findings will hopefully give movers a sense of their options.