A new ranking of the best U.S. cities for raising a family ranks Raleigh the top spot in North Carolina. And Raleigh placed at No. 6 in the nation.
Charlotte landed just outside of Zumper’s top 10 cities to raise a family – at No. 11.
For the study, real estate website Zumper says it looked first at the 100 largest cities in the nation by population – those it also compares each month in its rent reports – and then whittled that list down to 95 cities after omitting places with overlapping or incomplete data. The report measured each city using 10 metrics, each of equal weight: rent cost per additional room; percentage of income spent on rent; percentage of income spent on mortgage; median household income; current unemployment rate; infant care costs; percentage of population under the age of 45; high school dropout rate; average commute time; and violent crime rate. The final score determined each city’s ranking.
Nine of the top 10 locales for raising a family were located in the South or the Midwest. Zumper credits that to lower mortgage expenses, shorter commutes, strong local economic conditions and lower infant care costs in those areas.
Raleigh scored 86.5 out of 100 possible points. Its highest score came in monthly housing costs followed by median household income, dropout rate, population percentage under 45 and crime. The City of Oaks received its poorest score in income percentage spent on rent.
Of the Triangle region, Zumper says: “Families considering a move to the area would also benefit from the strength of the Raleigh metro area as a whole, as neighboring cities Chapel Hill and Durham are both home to large universities and could be attractive places to start a family.”
Zumper ranked Madison, Wisconsin as the best overall city to raise a family and Baltimore as the worst.