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Best Cities for Working Mothers (2009)

Sponsor: ForbesWoman

“This year ForbesWoman inaugurates its first annual list of the Best Cities for Working Mothers. To calculate the rankings, we started with the 50 largest cities in the U.S. and the premise that different mothers have different needs. So while it's safe to say that all moms want a secure and protected place for their children to live in, first-rate medical care and excellent schools, if they're running a business or earning a paycheck, there are other important considerations.”

“To determine the best cities for working mothers, we ranked the 50 largest continental U.S. metropolitan statistical areas by 11 different categories: median earnings per female MSA resident; unemployment among both sexes; cost of living; violent crimes per 100,000 people; property crimes per 100,000 people; pediatricians per 100,000 people; ratio of general practitioners to medical specialists; per-capita expenditure per pupil; parent satisfaction with child's school; number of daycare facilities and preschools; and total park space.

Each metro was assigned a ranking of 1 to 50 in each category, based on quantitative data. All categories were weighted equally. The ranks were then totaled to determine the final rankings. A metropolitan statistical area (MSA) is a geographic entity defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics in earnings, unemployment, cost of living, crime statistics, health care, per-capita expenditure per pupil, parent satisfaction and the number of daycare and preschools per city, and park space.”


Last Updated:
September 2009