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Hampton Roads Ranked #5 In Best Cities For Working Moms Forbes Report

Three Virginia regions made the top 20 list  for Working mom. Hampton Roads ranks No. 5, Richmond came in at #7 and the Northern VA/ CD MD region was #9  among the nation’s top 50 metropolitan areas for working mothers.

Forbes Woman  examined the nation’s largest metro areas looking at job opportunity, earnings potential for women, and the cost of living, particularly child care.

"But it takes much more than a steady paycheck and healthy employment rate to land a city on our list," Forbes reported. "Safety, health care and education rank high on a working mother’s list of priorities."hamptonroadsmap

So it also looked at the number of physicians, school-district-per-pupil expenditures, and violent crime rates as reported by the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

Job opportunity and high earnings potential were at the top of the list.
They also looked at safety, healthcare and education, because those are priorities every mother considers when taking a job. They did this by looking at the number of practicing physicians, school district per-pupil expenditure, provided by Sperling’s Best Places and the violent crime rates as reported annually by the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Cost of living was considered along with time and the rising cost of childcare. Time commuting to and from work and at work were also factors.

The top 10 best cities for working mothers are:

1 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

2 Columbus, OH

3 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

4 Pittsburgh, PA

5 Hampton Roads VA ( Hampton Roads MSA  includes Currituck County, Gloucester County, Isle of Wight County, James City County, Mathews County, York County, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Surry County, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg)

6 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

7 Richmond, VA ( which includes the City of Richmond and Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico counties. Richmond-Petersburg MSA includes these localities plus the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell and the counties of Amelia, Caroline, Charles City, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Goochland, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, and Sussex)

8 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

9 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

10 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

See the Forbes report  here


Do reports like this help you make choices or do you go where the jobs are? What say you ?


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