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Twenty Best Cities For Single Moms

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Jul 31, 2017
Twenty Best Cities For Single Moms

Being a single mom brings with it many unique challenges. You have all the responsibilities of any other parent, including paying bills, caring for sick children and finding affordable childcare, but you are doing it all on your own. One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a solo parent is choosing where to put down your roots.

Determining your place of residence means you have to consider which cities have the supportive resources you’ll need to raise your family. To make this task a little easier, WalletHub, a personal finance website, conducted a study to determine the best and worst cities for single moms. WalletHub released an in-depth analysis, comparing the 150 largest cities across 17 key metrics to find the most suitable cities for single moms and their families.

Median annual income for single moms was one of the deciding factors. Though families headed by single mothers comprise a quarter of all households in the United States, many single moms struggle to make ends meet. While the median income for married parental units is $84,541, single moms earn only a third of that on average or about $24, 403.

If you are a single mom looking to make a good living, you might want to set your sights on the Grand Canyon State. Not only did Scottsdale, Arizona top WalletHub’s list, but the highest median annual income for single moms (adjusted for the cost of living) is $46, 856. That’s four times higher than the city with the lowest: New York.

San Francisco is a city with much to offer but not in terms of affordable childcare. The Golden Gate City has the highest cost of a babysitter at $18.50, twice the going rate in the city with the lowest, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Finding a daycare center would be tough in North Las Vegas, Nevada, which has the lowest number of childcare establishments as opposed to St Louis, Missouri, which came in with the highest.

Children are prone to illness and with medical costs through the roof; health-insurance coverage is something that concerns every parent. Single moms are not likely to have it in Brownsville, Texas, where 33.67 percent lack coverage. However, only 2.84 percent are without it in Worcester, Massachusetts.

If you are a single mother and thinking of relocating, take a look at some of the below cities. It may end up making a huge difference in the lives of you and your loved ones.



Best Cities for Single Moms

1 Scottsdale, AZ 11 Plano, TX
2 Madison, WI 12 Des Moines, IA
3 Fremont, CA 13 Omaha, NE
4 San Francisco, CA 14 Raleigh, NC
5 Seattle, WA 15 Orlando, FL
6 Pembroke Pines, FL 16 Huntington Beach, CA
7 Irvine, CA 17 Gilbert, AZ
8 Honolulu, HI 18 Little Rock, AR
9 Sioux Falls, SD 19 Tacoma, WA
10 Overland Park, KS 20 Rancho Cucamonga, CA