Gilbert Arizona Ranked Best City For Working Parents

Gilbert Arizona Ranked Best City For Working Parents

We’re a hardworking nation, and many of us have two jobs: employee and parent. Of families with children, 88.2% have one parent who works, and 57.7% of families with children have two working parents, according to U.S. Census Bureau reports.NerdWallet knows that when it comes to their children, parents want what’s best for their families. With this in mind, we partnered with Business Insider to find the best U.S. cities for working parents. Our analysis focused on affordability, child care costs, school quality and the community.

Our data-driven list examines these factors:▪   Is the city affordable? Working parents want to live in cities where their hard-earned dollar goes far. We looked at median household incomes in each city and monthly housing costs, including mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuel and other bills. Lower costs led to a higher overall score. We weighted affordability as 25% of the overall score.▪   Is child care affordable? Working parents need affordable child care. We found wide variations in average day care costs for each state in the 2013 study by Child Care Aware of America and the Child Care Resource and Referral. We weighted child care affordability as 25% of the overall score.▪   Are there high-quality schools in the city? We used ratings from GreatSchools to measure the academic performance of schools. The nonprofit compares standardized test scores from the nation’s public and private schools to the state average to obtain a rating, with a 10 representing the highest score. Higher ratings led to a higher overall score, and we weighted school quality as 25% of the overall score.▪   Is the city family friendly? Will working parents have a community of other parents? We included the percentage of households with children in the city. This was weighted at 25% of the overall score.For more information on these and other cities, check out NerdWallet Cities


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