2014′s Best & Worst Cities for Families

by John S Kiernan

WH-2014-Best-and-Worst-Cities-for-FamiliesFamilies move often and for varied reasons.  In fact, the average American can expect to move 11.7 times in their lifetime, according to a rough estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Moving can either be a sign of opportunity – a new job or the long-term accumulation of wealth, perhaps.  Or it can be a sign of instability – foreclosure or the need to cut back after job loss, for instance.  The key in either case – whether you’re a newly married couple or a victim of America’s economic transition – is to choose an area conducive to economic prosperity and the overall pursuit of happiness.

With that in mind, WalletHub compared the 150 largest cities in the United States based on 31 key metrics that take into account essential family dynamics 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.  While obviously not perfect – given the intrinsic value of each city, personal preferences, and the limitations of publicly available data – the resulting rankings of 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Families will hopefully give prospective movers a sense of which areas offer the greatest opportunity to achieve wallet wellness and, of course, live a long and happy life.

Main Findings

 

Overall Rank City Family Activities & Fun Rank Health & Safety Rank Education & Child Care Rank Affordability Rank Socio-Economic Environment Rank
1 Plano, TX 86 7 1 7 1
2 Sioux Falls, SD 32 51 19 2 3
3 Overland Park, KS 114 23 4 6 7
4 Fremont, CA 103 8 12 26 2
5 Irvine, CA 58 8 11 28 8
6 Virginia Beach, VA 31 21 7 36 12
7 Lincoln, NE 24 69 72 1 5
8 Anchorage, AK 1 138 70 14 4
9 Gilbert, AZ 109 72 24 3 6
10 Amarillo, TX 65 102 9 10 17
11 Madison, WI 8 89 10 12 34
12 Austin, TX 34 50 3 46 29
13 San Jose, CA 40 52 28 56 9
14 Chula Vista, CA 87 15 36 57 10
15 Grand Prairie, TX 120 26 18 21 24
16 Fort Worth, TX 36 45 20 17 42
17 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 136 12 22 19 19
18 Colorado Springs, CO 5 96 58 13 26
19 Chesapeake, VA 112 28 5 35 17
20 Raleigh, NC 16 42 51 45 28
21 Santa Clarita, CA 139 10 16 29 20
22 Aurora, IL 119 1 14 25 58
23 Irving, TX 82 20 29 58 16
24 Omaha, NE 2 118 76 5 26
25 Garland, TX 134 39 8 24 14
26 Arlington, TX 104 30 16 11 39
27 San Diego, CA 23 60 32 64 22
28 Scottsdale, AZ 78 92 23 23 15
29 Chandler, AZ 85 103 27 4 23
30 Seattle, WA 83 60 6 16 48
31 Santa Rosa, CA 120 3 46 88 31
32 Peoria, AZ 142 95 37 8 11
33 Lexington, KY 43 34 15 33 61
34 Boise City, ID 13 83 52 27 45
35 Huntington Beach, CA 148 19 13 55 13
36 Lubbock, TX 46 136 26 22 35
37 Oxnard, CA 101 2 110 96 25
38 Corpus Christi, TX 34 55 30 18 67
39 San Antonio, TX 33 94 34 44 44
40 Fontana, CA 135 29 75 42 30
41 Oklahoma City, OK 26 114 35 39 49
42 Wichita, KS 21 132 96 9 47
43 Nashville, TN 54 85 20 63 52
44 Pembroke Pines, FL 145 17 43 51 43
45 Charlotte, NC 57 63 62 49 50
46 Aurora, CO 100 74 97 38 21
47 Denver, CO 37 106 90 48 41
48 Greensboro, NC 17 18 113 69 75
49 El Paso, TX 20 77 32 80 70
50 Bakersfield, CA 59 85 80 20 60
51 Oceanside, CA 143 31 47 83 36
52 Huntsville, AL 94 59 82 41 54
53 San Francisco, CA 118 76 31 110 38
54 Durham, NC 48 44 125 67 57
55 Columbus, OH 38 14 71 59 88
56 Garden Grove, CA 141 13 55 117 37
57 Minneapolis, MN 4 134 45 43 77
58 Honolulu, HI 92 35 62 142 32
59 Newport News, VA 129 22 64 86 55
60 Fort Wayne, IN 51 101 61 32 68
61 St. Paul, MN 9 123 40 82 69
62 Anaheim, CA 113 49 79 125 33
63 Des Moines, IA 18 97 121 15 80
64 Tulsa, OK 22 126 42 54 85
65 Cape Coral, FL 147 5 89 73 58
66 Ontario, CA 133 27 93 99 53
67 Knoxville, TN 116 119 2 108 64
68 Glendale, CA 148 6 49 139 40
69 Henderson, NV 95 81 105 30 65
70 Brownsville, TX 41 33 65 106 84
71 Santa Ana, CA 102 37 103 132 46
72 Dallas, TX 47 82 44 112 74
73 Riverside, CA 115 64 78 76 62
74 Salt Lake City, UT 7 148 47 31 63
75 Louisville, KY 74 87 74 52 79
76 Mesa, AZ 132 122 59 37 51
77 Winston-Salem, NC 75 46 92 89 81
78 Pittsburgh, PA 51 84 38 47 115
79 Houston, TX 62 137 39 66 73
80 Albuquerque, NM 6 124 94 61 98
81 Sacramento, CA 14 78 95 102 97
82 Kansas City, MO 27 147 65 62 71
83 Portland, OR 50 88 53 90 90
84 Grand Rapids, MI 25 41 135 91 85
85 Spokane, WA 60 115 50 39 106
86 Vancouver, WA 91 73 69 68 99
87 Chattanooga, TN 89 31 25 101 113
88 Moreno Valley, CA 140 36 127 77 71
89 Laredo, TX 96 80 87 70 95
90 Fayetteville, NC 73 62 116 85 94
91 Boston, MA 63 25 84 124 111
92 Glendale, AZ 81 146 73 34 85
93 Phoenix, AZ 39 141 100 72 83
94 Port St. Lucie, FL 150 16 130 95 56
95 Long Beach, CA 97 57 68 131 92
96 Springfield, MO 107 144 57 105 65
97 Worcester, MA 105 11 88 98 120
98 Norfolk, VA 70 71 83 127 102
99 Jacksonville, FL 49 126 119 65 103
100 St. Petersburg, FL 61 75 114 53 123
101 Montgomery, AL 29 39 139 78 119
102 Tampa, FL 28 47 111 100 136
103 Tacoma, WA 127 133 86 74 76
104 Little Rock, AR 71 109 129 75 93
105 Yonkers, NY 146 4 126 113 95
106 Washington, DC 108 105 134 80 82
107 Tallahassee, FL 41 99 84 87 113
108 Tempe, AZ 125 142 56 50 104
109 Los Angeles, CA 84 78 132 143 78
110 New York, NY 106 24 81 147 116
111 Indianapolis, IN 56 149 77 78 89
112 Reno, NV 10 131 141 84 124
113 Buffalo, NY 15 54 138 103 142
114 Orlando, FL 68 107 118 136 100
115 Tucson, AZ 30 110 98 115 128
116 Richmond, VA 71 56 59 133 129
117 Stockton, CA 88 113 137 93 108
118 New Orleans, LA 45 100 128 145 101
119 Fresno, CA 69 98 116 121 118
120 Shreveport, LA 117 68 123 115 110
121 Jersey City, NJ 128 58 67 120 121
122 Cincinnati, OH 19 91 104 130 131
123 Baton Rouge, LA 76 110 114 119 117
124 Oakland, CA 93 130 124 141 91
125 Modesto, CA 138 112 101 92 107
126 Rochester, NY 3 70 122 114 139
127 Mobile, AL 122 48 101 107 137
128 Memphis, TN 79 139 54 108 132
129 Chicago, IL 98 93 41 139 135
130 Toledo, OH 53 65 108 94 148
131 Milwaukee, WI 11 143 91 134 133
132 North Las Vegas, NV 111 129 150 71 105
133 Las Vegas, NV 44 150 144 60 112
134 Augusta, GA 123 37 146 97 130
135 Columbus, GA 80 117 140 104 125
136 Atlanta, GA 67 145 131 111 127
137 St. Louis, MO 66 134 105 128 134
138 Akron, OH 124 66 109 118 140
139 Philadelphia, PA 110 124 111 143 126
140 Baltimore, MD 90 104 107 138 143
141 Hialeah, FL 144 43 143 150 109
142 Fort Lauderdale, FL 137 121 136 123 121
143 Newark, NJ 126 53 99 148 147
144 Providence, RI 12 67 147 145 145
145 Cleveland, OH 55 115 120 137 149
146 San Bernardino,CA 99 108 142 126 146
147 Jackson, MS 77 128 144 129 144
148 Birmingham, AL 131 89 148 135 138
149 Miami, FL 130 120 133 149 141
150 Detroit, MI 64 139 149 122 150

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Ask The Experts:  Family FAQ

Raising a family can be a decidedly scary proposition.  And with so many important decisions to make, seemingly few “right” answers available and everything on the line, it’s often difficult to determine where to turn for help with family matters.  With that in mind, we turned to leading experts in the fields of family studies, psychology and household finance for tips, insights and a few cautionary tales.  You can find their bios as well as our Q&A below.

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Bill Emmons

Senior Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

What are the biggest financial mistakes that young families make?

Our research suggests the biggest financial mistakes young families make are:

1. Having no or poorly diversified assets, most often in the form of durable goods and/or a house.

2. Having too much debt relative to the family’s income, especially high-cost debt, making missed payments or default an unnecessarily large risk.

3. Holding too little in the form of liquid assets to cover emergencies.

What advice do you have for young families looking to start their lives together on the right foot?

Make a strong household balance sheet your first priority in order to reach both near-term and long-term financial goals.

Young families tend to be economically vulnerable – that is, at high risk of job loss or income declines – so they should be especially vigilant about avoiding financial fragility. They should arrange their financial lives to dampen, rather than amplify, the risks they face in the job market.

In other words, they should avoid the mistakes highlighted above—having undiversified assets, being over-leveraged, and not having liquid assets to cover emergencies.

It’s certainly not easy to achieve a strong balance sheet, but it can pay huge dividends over time. Specific steps to strengthen a young family’s balance sheet include:

1. Pay yourself first—force yourself to save regularly, even if it’s a small amount.

2. Keep several hundred dollars of cash in a bank account that you can use to cover emergencies.

3. Avoid debt as much as possible – especially high-cost debt like credit cards – and be a smart shopper when you do borrow.

4. Pay off your debt as fast as you can, starting with your highest-cost debt. Remember, paying off debt is the best form of saving because you are earning a risk-free interest rate on that debt at a rate you can’t obtain anywhere else (interest you don’t pay = interest you earn!).

5. Be patient about accumulating durable goods and a house; you’ll enjoy them more if they have not put you in a precarious financial position.

6. Don’t forget to save in the form of stock and bond mutual funds. They can be accumulated in virtually any amount whenever you have the money, they’re a great way to diversify your assets, and they have produced better returns than housing over the long run.

7. Keep an eye on your credit score because you want to be able to borrow at a low interest rate when the time comes to borrow.
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Tovah P. Klein

Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development, Author of How Toddlers Thrive

What effect does a family’s physical environment (e.g. house vs. apartment, city A vs. City B) have on its wellbeing?

The answer to this question has a lot to do with a family’s individual preferences. Some people desire more space and their own yard, as in the suburbs close to a city or parts of a city that allow for this. If you like to garden, a house or condo with a yard makes sense. If access to the energy of the city and what cities have to offer is desired – public spaces, cultural institutions, places to walk to – make this the priority. This may mean less living space. But space tends to be overrated. Community and setting are what make people happy. When families have the option, they should think about which setting provides them with the lifestyle they desire.

When children are young, they prefer to be in closer proximity to adults. Having large spaces can be harder when kids are little. Think about centralizing the living spaces – i.e., kitchen, family room together; bedrooms on the same floor and near each other. Children don’t like to sleep on separate floors or far from parents. When kids are older – teens, for example – the arrangement can be different. Children sharing bedrooms is a good option, especially when children are young, and it allows them to have a place to be together, without parents.

In terms of different cities, community is a big piece. There are cities with public transportation and more public parks and public spaces; there are cities that are more car dependent and spread out. If it is the energy of a large city a family wants, then they may have to compromise on living space. Think about what a city has to offer- including the weather. Families can list their priorities in terms of what matters to them.

For city dwellers, having access to parks and playgrounds is key. Children thrive with outdoor time, both for the room to move around and access to natural settings. Walking and bike paths and parks are all important. Being in walking distance to parks or playgrounds and to stores can make life more reasonable with children. As they get older, it gives them independence as well, to be able to walk to the store on the corner.

What are the most important socioeconomic indicators to consider when choosing a place to set down roots?

Schools are a big one. Whether the community has the kinds of schools the family desires should be a top priority.

Housing costs are important too. What can the family afford and how limited will they be in their options, especially as the family grows and they may want to move to larger living space? If a family is strapped in their finances due to housing costs, it may not be the best choice of city. Or maybe there are other parts of the city to live in that can make finances more reasonable.

What are the biggest financial mistakes that young families make?

If good public schools are available, families do not need to spend money on private school tuition. In communities with strong public schools, these are excellent options and provide a nice community base for families.

Not starting college funds early enough is another big mistake. Families should think about starting college funds soon after a child is born. Often parents are not thinking about this, or may not have much money to invest at that point. But even small amounts of monthly or yearly contributions will grow over time and as the family income rises, more can be added.

What advice do you have for young families looking to start their lives together on the right foot?

To think about what type of community they desire to raise their children in. Children are part of the broader community they are raised in and will take on the values and feelings of that community as well. There is no right or wrong answer.

Consider access to schools and type of community they want to be part of. Are there good schools in the area, particularly for elementary and up? Your children will be spending 13 years of their lives in school and school becomes a center of a family’s community life. Do you want your child to know their neighbors and feel part of a larger community where people know each other (some neighborhoods are like this, others less so) or do you prefer a more private and quiet life, as in a suburb closer to the city with access to the city?

Convenience can make a difference in one's life as well. Having stores, doctor offices, your work place, schools, and museums in reasonable proximity and easy to get to can make life simpler and less harried with children. It also leaves more time to spend with children rather than commuting from place to place.
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Liz Goldsmith

Professor of Human Sciences, Florida State University

What effect does a family’s physical environment (e.g. house vs. apartment, city A vs. City B) have on its wellbeing?

Physical environment has a huge impact on families. Your first consideration should be safety/health, then financial aspects, functionality and aesthetics.

What are the most important socioeconomic indicators to consider when choosing a place to set down roots?

Important socio-economic factors to consider include the education level of parents and the educational needs of children, financial status, the size of your family and the age of its members, and the number and type of pets that you have.

What are the biggest financial mistakes that young families make?

The main problems that young families have are over-extending on credit and taking on too large of a mortgage or rent payment.

What advice do you have for young families looking to start their lives together on the right foot?

Make a budget and find out how much housing can be afforded. The general rule is no more than 32% of your household’s take-home pay per month, but sometimes families have to go to 40% or even 45% in expensive or high crime areas.

Bankers, credit union managers, and financial planners can help with estimating your ability to pay. Sometimes the school of hard knocks plays in as well. After one or two purchases, young buyers/renters have a better sense of what they can afford and what suits them.
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Amanda J. Felkey

Associate Professor of Economics and Business, Lake Forest College

What effect does a family’s physical environment (e.g. house vs. apartment, city A vs. City B) have on its wellbeing?

There are myriad factors affecting a family's wellbeing. First, there are economic factors that determine which bundles of goods are in a couple's budget set (i.e. the consumption options available to them). These factors are (1) the prices of goods and services and (2) the income earning opportunities in the location where they live.

For instance, prices are typically higher in urban areas which limits the purchasing power of the couple, holding all else constant. Consider housing as an example, higher prices per square foot of living space (property taxes should be included in the real price of housing) are why you see people in more urban areas living in smaller dwellings like apartments and condos, while couples in less populated areas easily afford larger homes with more outdoor space. On the other hand, income earning opportunities are often greater in more urban areas. Not only are wage rates higher, but there are more alternatives for employment. This means that household income is likely higher in urban than in rural areas and this will afford the family more, at a given price level.

It is easy to see that these two factors work in opposite directions—families in cities make more money but face higher prices. So it is the relative size of these competing factors that matters. And that can vary by couple given their education and training and how that fits into income earning opportunities in a particular area.

Beyond wages and prices there are considerations about living conditions ranging from traffic congestion and availability of public transportation to the preservation of green space and air quality. It is easy to see how these likely differ by location and weigh into a couple’s decision about where to live based on how important these aspects are. If a couple enjoys outdoor activities, the marginal benefit of an area with better-kept parks and trails will be higher. Finally, if the couple has children their preferences about their dwelling may be different. Not only may space matter more but the quality of school districts will be added to the equation.

What are the biggest financial mistakes that young families make?

Behavioral Economics tells us that people are myopic, and when it comes to investing and saving for the future they tend to save too little. Basically, we overvalue our happiness today and tend to spend too much now.

For example, if we were able to make our lifetime consumption and savings decisions without being in any particular moment (this would be our optimal decision), we would decide to save at a particular rate that would maximize our happiness over our whole lifetime. But in any particular moment, we overvalue today's happiness and save less than our own personally optimal amount.

Studies have shown that procrastination exacerbates this effect because we do not make time for things like stopping by the HR department to change the level of retirement savings withheld by our employer.

What advice do you have for young families looking to start their lives together on the right foot?

Since we tend to save too little, it is important to actively engage in ways to remedy this mistake – such as:

1. Save more than you want to save. Since peoples' preferences are biased toward the present, your optimal savings level is actually higher than what you want to save. You can always tone down your savings later.

2. Live small and own your own home. Owning your home is a good way to commit to saving in the form of building equity. But it is very important to not live beyond your means. First of all, if you buy a smaller home it will require a smaller down payment and you can engage in building equity sooner. Also, larger properties have higher taxes and cost more to maintain. The money you spend on taxes and utilities is not money that will come back to you in the future, so this is another important reason to consider living in a smaller dwelling.

3. Set goals for saving. Individuals dislike losses more than they like gains. For example, is will matter more to you if I take $100 from you than if you found $100 on the street. With regard to saving money, this means you will be more affected by not saving with respect to a goal (‘losing’ savings you expected) than you would be by saving extra money on top of a goal. So by setting a savings goal you are more likely to meet that goal than by just simply saving that amount by happenstance.
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Jing Jian Xiao

Professor of Family Finance, University of Rhode Island

What are the most important socioeconomic indicators to consider when choosing a place to set down roots?

Based on my opinion, when young families plan to move they need to consider the environment that should be beneficial for their children's development. They need to consider the quality of daycare centers and schools and crime rates of the neighborhood. They also need to consider the costs of childcare services and living expenses of raising children. For young parents themselves, they need to consider employment opportunities that allow them to find ideal jobs quickly.
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Irina A. Telyukova

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego

What are the most important socioeconomic indicators to consider when choosing a place to set down roots?

It seems that a lot of households in the U.S. make choices as to where to live based on school districts for their children. Further, it seems that the decision to buy a house in the first place in the U.S. is impacted by the choice of school districts; many desirable areas do not really offer options to rent, for example.

What advice do you have for young families looking to start their lives together on the right foot?

The only advice I would have is to have very clear communication about all matters – especially financial matters.

Discuss the partners' financial philosophies and strategies, approach to risk-taking, desired financial goals, an investment philosophy, etc., and make sure that these philosophies align. Create a joint saving/spending strategy.

Otherwise, it appears that financial philosophy discrepancies ultimately break down a lot of partnerships.
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Danling Jiang

Dean L. Cash Professor and Associate Professor of Finance, Florida State University

What effect does a family’s physical environment (e.g. house vs. apartment, city A vs. City B) have on its wellbeing?

Owning or renting a house is very important for a family, as kids can make long-term friends. The city environment is also important, as it offers opportunities to make family friends and for kids to enjoy various activities.

What are the most important socioeconomic indicators to consider when choosing a place to set down roots?

Long-term job prospects, weather, and the culture of a city/town.

What are the biggest financial mistakes that young families make?

Purchasing a house in 2006.

What advice do you have for young families looking to start their lives together on the right foot?

Choose a place where they are likely to be happy in the long term.
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Alice Sterling Honig

Professor Emerita of Child Development, David B.Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Syracuse University

What effect does a family’s physical environment (e.g. house vs. apartment, city A vs. City B) have on its wellbeing?

Beautiful and aesthetic surroundings lift the spirits. If walls are peeling paint and cockroaches scurry on the floor as soon as one turns on a light, families can feel depressed and tense.

A family with a small dwelling space, however, and some energy and positive ideas, can save a few dollars to buy paint on discount and redo walls to make them colorful and add to a more pleasant atmosphere, even when an apartment at first looks drab. They can go to the Salvation Army or Rescue Mission and find very inexpensive fabrics for window dressings.

What are the most important socioeconomic indicators to consider when choosing a place to set down roots?

The costs of the dwelling in relation to salary and income. And if there are children – the quality of the nearby schools as well as the safety of the neighborhood. If there are drug dealers in a housing development nearby or nearby street violence, then they will need to think carefully about their plan to purchase – no matter how attractive a price seems.

What are the biggest financial mistakes that young families make?

They buy a dwelling that is beyond their means to maintain payments. They do not realize that they do not need to compete with neighbors or friends. Their disposable income is what they need to consider!!

What advice do you have for young families looking to start their lives together on the right foot?

Plan, and think creatively and with common sense about the next few years of your lives. and think about your children’s needs too.

Methodology

Different people have different perceptions of the ideal place to live, work and raise a family.  But whether you prefer a warm or cool climate, East or West Coast, big city or small, a few things are clear.  We want our kids to be happy, healthy and safe – and hopefully to have a better life than us.  Gainful employment is a necessary component of our pursuit of happiness.  And, based on local economic conditions, major U.S. cities are not necessarily made equal.

With that in mind, WalletHub sought to identify the best and worst cities for families – at least at this point in time – by taking into account 31 unique metrics spanning the following five categories:  1) Family Activities & Fun; 2) Health & Safety; 3) Education & Child Care; 4) Affordability; and 5) Socio-Economic Environment.  These metrics are by no means perfect – especially since a certain amount of a city’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and home is ultimately where the heart is – but what they collectively reveal will hopefully enable families to make more informed choices if and when they are presented with a move to a new city.

Family Activities & Fun 

  1. Playgrounds per Capita:  1
  2. Ice Rinks per Capita:  0.5
  3. Skate Parks per Capita:  0.5
  4. Acres of Parkland per Capita: 0.5
  5. Number of Attractions (e.g. zoos, museums, theatres):  1
  6. Percentage of Families with Children Under 18:  1
  7. Average Commute Time:  1 

Health & Safety 

  1. Air Quality:  1
  2. Water Quality:  1
  3. Number of Pediatricians Per Capita:  1
  4. Child Medicare & CHIP Participation Rate:  1
  5. Violent Crime Rate per Capita:  1
  6. Property Crime Rate per Capita:  1

Education & Child Care

  1. School System Rankings:  1
  2. High School Graduation Rate:  1
  3. Day Care Quality Rankings:  1
  4. Child Care Costs, Adjusted for Median Family Income:  1
  5. Parental Leave Policy Score:  0.5

Affordability

  1. Median Annual Family Income / Housing Costs (accounts for both rent and house prices):  1
  2. Median Family Annual Income/Cost of Living Index:  1
  3. Best & Worst Cities for Wallet Wellness Ranking:  1

 Socio-Economic Environment

  1. Separation & Divorce Rate:  1
  2. Percentage of Two-Parent Families:  1
  3. Percentage of Families Below Poverty Line:  1
  4. Percentage of Households Receiving Food Stamps:  1
  5. Unemployment Rate:  1
  6. Wealth Gap:  1
  7. Foreclosure Rate:  1
  8. Social Ties Ranking:  1
  9. Job Growth:  1
  10. Property Value Growth Rate:  1

Source: Data used to create these rankings is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Child Care Aware of America, the American Lung Association, the Council for Community and Economic Research, the Trust for Public Land, the Environmental Working Group, Sharecare, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, GreatSchools, InsureKidsNow.gov, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Partnership for Women & Families, Tripadvisor, CoreLogic and WalletHub research.

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I'm sorry but this is just a Class A example of why data is sometimes just flat out wrong. Lubbock, Amarillo AND Corpus are better places to raise families than San Antonio?!? I'm sorry, but no. Not even close. I strongly (strongly) encourage you to visit these four cities and judge for yourself. Of course this survey also puts Amarillo ABOVE Austin. Those of us who have lived in those two cities are laughing at these results.
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AGREED! Amarillo better than Austin? Not possible.
Jun 11, 2014  •  Reply  •  Flag
Eh, on things to do I would agree. But Lubbock and Amarillo are far more affordable and have a safer environment. Plus, smaller school systems are usually less stratified and more stable. Don't get me wrong, I wish I didn't live here, but Austin and San Antonio are bigger and BETTER cities for adults, not necessarily for families as the title indicates.
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Lubbock and Amarillo basically offer affordability - which may be partially due to the dire lack of activities for all age groups. They actually had the worse health and safety ratings when compared with San Antonio and Austin. Amarillo's education and childcare rating shocked me - it certainly does not jive with my experiences here. But their data are likely more valid than my experience.
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It's more of 'cherry picking' data, They have Aurora, IL at number 22 but it should be more like 122. Crime is rampant. Unemployment high. A high population of illegal aliens. Taxes are unbelievable. This is a cherry picked list with ranking according to who donated the most.
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WalletHub takes no donations and all rankings are based on reliable data. Thanks for checking out the report and sharing your opinion!
Jun 17, 2014  •  Reply  •  Flag
@Ashley_Hrrisdumulong, WRONG! Lubbock, Amarillo, and Corpus are DESPICABLE rundown cities. They do NOT offer anything except low income housing. You are CLUELESS about what the US has to offer as the nation; especially have ZERO knowledge about San Antonio,TX.
Aug 31, 2014  •  Reply  •  Flag
I'm not sure if you realize it, but you posted your comment under mine. Having said that, I think you should reread her/his comment. They said exactly what you are saying, that the list is wrong. Lubbock, Amarillo and Corpus should be at the bottom and are bad places to raise families in. You both agree. No disrespect intended. You've just misread the comment.
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