Recently, the personal finance social network WalletHub compared each of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. based on 31 key metrics — including the availability of quality jobs, the relative cost of housing, the quality of local school and health care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation – in order to help families across the country identify the ideal location to put down roots.
Drumroll please …
|2014’s Best Cities for Families||2014’s Worst Cities for Families|
|1||Plano, Texas||141||Hialeah, Florida|
|2||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||142||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|3||Overland Park, Kansas||143||Newark, New Jersey|
|4||Fremont, California||144||Providence, Rhode Island|
|5||Irvine, California||145||Cleveland, Ohio|
|6||Virginia Beach, Virginia||146||San Bernardino, California|
|7||Lincoln, Nebraska||147||Jackson, Mississippi|
|8||Anchorage, Alaska||148||Birmingham, Alabama|
|9||Gilbert, Arizona||149||Miami, Florida|
|10||Amarillo, Texas||150||Detroit, Michigan|
And check out these fascinating statistics:
- Madison, Wisconsin has 88 times more playgrounds per capita than Laredo, Texas.
- Anchorage, Alaska has 2,227 times more acres of parkland per capita than Hialeah, Florida.
- Irvine, California’s per capita violent crime rate is 45 times lower than Detroit, Michigan’s.
- The median family’s annual income, adjusted for cost of living, is four times higher in Plano, Texas than in Newark, New Jersey.
- The divorce rate in Fremont, California is 5.5 times lower than in Cleveland, Ohio.
- The percentage of households receiving food stamps is 22 times lower in Irvine, California than in Detroit, Michigan.
- The average commute time in Lubbock, Texas is 2.5 times lower than in New York, New York.
- The percentage of families living below the poverty line in Overland Park, Kansas is 8 times lower than in Detroit, Michigan.
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