Single Mom? These Are the Best (and Worst) Cities for You

If you're a single mom, this list breaks down the best places for you to live based on things like median income, housing, and child care costs.

In honor of March 21 being National Single Parent Day, personal finance website WalletHub has released a survey of 2016's Best & Worst Cities for Single Moms.

According to a press release, moms doing it alone account for one-quarter of all U.S. households. But, according to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data, the average annual income for these mamas is a pitiful $24,403! That being the case, the survey looked at a variety of metrics across 150 cities that would make life easier for a mom raising children on her own, such as housing affordability and access to adequate child care.

Here are the 20 cities that ranked the highest:

1. Scottsdale, Arizona
2. Madison, Wisconsin
3. Fremont, California
4. San Francisco, California
5. Seattle, Washington
6. Pembroke Pines, Florida
7. Irvine, California
8. Honolulu, Hawaii
9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
10. Overland Park, Kansas
11. Plano, Texas
12. Des Moines, Iowa
13. Omaha, Nebraska
14. Raleigh, North Carolina
15. Orlando, Florida
16. Huntington Beach, California
17. Gilbert, Arizona
18. Little Rock, Arizona
19. Tacoma, Washington
20. Rancho Cucamonga, California

Gilbert, Arizona, ranked high (#17) because it boasts the highest median annual income for single moms at $46,856. Meanwhile, Brownsville, Texas, ranked low (#119) because it has the highest percentage of uncoupled moms with underaged children living below the poverty level, at 61.2 percent.

In #7 Irvine, California, more than half of single moms hold at least a bachelor's degree! And Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky, (#61) has the highest number of childcare workers per 1,000 children aged 13 and younger, so getting access to quality childcare is a reality for many.

Among the worst cities on this list were New York City, where single moms have low median annual incomes; Los Angeles, where it can be hard to find affordable housing; and San Francisco, where you'll find high costs for babysitters at a whopping $18.50 an hour!

If you're a single mom, where do you think is the best place to live?

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.


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