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Best Cities for Single Mothers—Full Ranking

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by on June 16, 2014

Check out our detailed analysis of the top ten cities in our full study here.

Best cities for single mothers

Rank City 2012 Selected Median Monthly Homeowner Costs 2012 Median Earnings for Female, Full-time Workers Average Cost of Childcare for an Infant Average Cost of Childcare for a 4 Yr Old GreatSchools Rating Single Moms with Children % of Total Population Mean Travel Time to Work Percent Single Moms with Children Below Poverty Line
1 Bartlett, Tennessee $1,586 $41,346 $5,857 $4,515 7 2.5% 23.9 6.0%
2 Frisco, Texas $2,175 $51,789 $8,495 $6,547 10 2.3% 27.5 14.6%
3 West Des Moines, Iowa $1,520 $43,951 $9,053 $7,790 8 2.5% 16.3 26.5%
4 Conway, Arkansas $1,198 $33,110 $5,894 $5,011 8 3.1% 18.9 36.7%
5 Owensboro, Kentucky $956 $31,788 $6,105 $6,007 7 3.8% 15.3 44.8%
6 Royal Oak, Michigan $1,431 $49,854 $10,114 $7,930 8 2.1% 22.6 16.5%
7 Mount Pleasant town, South Carolina $2,108 $44,064 $6,280 $5,308 9 2.7% 22 29.4%
8 Rogers, Arkansas $1,243 $28,690 $5,894 $5,011 8 2.4% 16.8 35.3%
9 Bossier City, Louisiana $1,138 $31,572 $5,574 $4,812 7 3.9% 17.8 43.4%
10 Cedar Park, Texas $1,743 $46,048 $8,495 $6,547 8 3.2% 25.2 20.3%
11 Edmond, Oklahoma $1,682 $40,968 $7,480 $5,610 9 2.2% 21 30.8%
12 Lawton, Oklahoma $1,040 $30,897 $7,480 $5,610 6 4.4% 14.7 41.5%
13 Lake Charles, Louisiana $1,054 $31,287 $5,574 $4,812 6 5.4% 17.6 50.1%
14 Overland Park, Kansas $1,681 $43,746 $10,518 $7,499 8 2.6% 20.6 18.3%
15 Alpharetta, Georgia $1,963 $51,549 $7,228 $6,234 9 2.3% 25.8 25.6%
16 Hoover, Alabama $1,789 $45,128 $5,467 $5,785 8 1.8% 23.9 21.0%
17 Pearland, Texas $1,941 $51,955 $8,495 $6,547 8 2.4% 29.4 8.4%
18 Folsom, California $2,388 $61,952 $12,068 $8,407 9 1.9% 24 10.8%
19 O’Fallon, Missouri $1,577 $41,585 $8,320 $5,772 8 2.7% 26.4 17.3%
20 Ann Arbor, Michigan $1,784 $49,144 $10,114 $7,930 9 1.3% 18.9 23.3%
21 Jupiter town, Florida $1,915 $48,021 $8,299 $6,571 9 1.8% 22.4 24.9%
22 Port Orange, Florida $1,312 $37,201 $8,299 $6,571 8 2.0% 22.6 20.7%
23 Palo Alto, California $3,975 $78,750 $12,068 $8,407 10 1.7% 22.4 8.8%
24 Cupertino, California $3,795 $90,277 $12,068 $8,407 10 1.5% 24.7 15.3%
25 Auburn, Alabama $1,506 $42,147 $5,467 $5,785 8 2.0% 18.5 39.7%
26 Towson, Maryland $1,992 $53,755 $13,055 $9,097 9 1.4% 24.9 4.5%
27 Murfreesboro, Tennessee $1,435 $38,664 $5,857 $4,515 8 3.0% 25.8 33.6%
28 Rapid City, South Dakota $1,245 $31,824 $6,071 $5,781 5 3.5% 15.1 30.4%
29 Woodbury, Minnesota $1,874 $52,374 $13,876 $10,664 9 2.6% 24.5 11.9%
30 St. George, Utah $1,481 $30,302 $7,860 $6,024 7 1.7% 15 22.5%
31 Sioux Falls, South Dakota $1,240 $33,782 $6,071 $5,781 6 3.3% 16.4 37.0%
32 Roswell, Georgia $2,053 $51,668 $7,228 $6,234 7 2.1% 27 10.3%
33 Blue Springs, Missouri $1,381 $39,434 $8,320 $5,772 8 2.7% 24.7 28.6%
34 Chandler, Arizona $1,607 $42,041 $8,671 $7,398 8 2.4% 23.8 21.5%
35 Rock Hill, South Carolina $1,214 $32,165 $6,280 $5,308 6 4.8% 22.3 37.5%
36 Clarksville, Tennessee $1,157 $31,708 $5,857 $4,515 7 4.7% 21.8 49.1%
37 Flower Mound town, Texas $2,211 $56,563 $8,495 $6,547 9 1.5% 28.8 16.7%
38 Minnetonka, Minnesota $1,921 $55,410 $13,876 $10,664 8 2.0% 21 12.8%
39 Little Rock, Arkansas $1,260 $37,137 $5,894 $5,011 4 4.3% 17.8 34.9%
40 Lee’s Summit, Missouri $1,645 $46,276 $8,320 $5,772 8 2.5% 24 33.4%
41 Bellevue, Nebraska $1,282 $32,161 $7,797 $6,518 6 4.0% 19.6 34.7%
42 Coconut Creek, Florida $1,709 $42,427 $8,299 $6,571 6 3.3% 25 17.5%
43 Warner Robins, Georgia $1,113 $32,485 $7,228 $6,234 6 4.5% 20.3 42.6%
44 Wichita Falls, Texas $1,118 $31,110 $8,495 $6,547 6 3.1% 14 39.8%
45 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma $1,296 $35,203 $7,480 $5,610 6 2.5% 20.2 27.8%
46 Florissant, Missouri $1,086 $35,671 $8,320 $5,772 4 3.7% 25 13.5%
47 Huntsville, Alabama $1,171 $32,781 $5,467 $5,785 6 3.3% 18.2 43.6%
48 Shreveport, Louisiana $1,105 $30,885 $5,574 $4,812 5 4.8% 18.8 47.5%
49 Tamarac, Florida $1,376 $36,534 $8,299 $6,571 6 3.6% 28 16.4%
50 Olathe, Kansas $1,656 $41,632 $10,518 $7,499 7 2.0% 21.1 18.2%
51 Midwest City, Oklahoma $1,072 $31,120 $7,480 $5,610 6 4.1% 21.6 39.3%
52 Jonesboro, Arkansas $1,057 $33,783 $5,894 $5,011 6 4.1% 15.8 59.4%
53 Lafayette, Louisiana $1,284 $34,285 $5,574 $4,812 6 3.7% 19.7 46.2%
54 Dothan, Alabama $1,097 $30,810 $5,467 $5,785 6 4.3% 17.9 53.8%
55 Appleton, Wisconsin $1,295 $37,243 $9,939 $8,413 6 3.3% 17.5 31.7%
56 Grand Forks, North Dakota $1,322 $33,399 $8,021 $7,109 6 2.2% 12.7 37.6%
57 Cedar Rapids, Iowa $1,197 $37,140 $9,053 $7,790 6 2.8% 17.6 33.5%
58 Bethesda, Maryland $3,464 $81,661 $13,055 $9,097 9 1.6% 29.2 8.1%
59 Hendersonville, Tennessee $1,555 $36,453 $5,857 $4,515 7 2.9% 25.8 34.6%
60 Manhattan, Kansas $1,373 $34,142 $10,518 $7,499 6 2.0% 15.8 23.8%
61 Wilmington, Delaware $1,392 $37,943 $8,928 $7,104 5 6.0% 20.9 44.7%
62 Livonia, Michigan $1,449 $46,422 $10,114 $7,930 7 1.4% 23.8 19.0%
63 Temple, Texas $1,278 $40,641 $8,495 $6,547 5 2.8% 15.7 37.6%
64 Columbia, South Carolina $1,284 $32,672 $6,280 $5,308 5 3.6% 16 45.3%
65 Killeen, Texas $1,178 $30,952 $8,495 $6,547 5 5.0% 20.3 39.9%
66 Montgomery, Alabama $1,142 $33,209 $5,467 $5,785 4 5.2% 18.6 48.6%
67 Reston, Virginia $2,322 $67,526 $10,028 $7,855 7 2.0% 30.1 14.8%
68 Cheyenne, Wyoming $1,302 $34,430 $9,100 $7,800 5 3.6% 12.8 41.4%
69 Bismarck, North Dakota $1,247 $35,240 $8,021 $7,109 5 2.8% 18.6 29.2%
70 Baton Rouge, Louisiana $1,194 $30,616 $5,574 $4,812 5 4.2% 20.3 45.8%
71 Normal town, Illinois $1,413 $40,131 $12,697 $9,261 7 1.7% 16.8 25.8%
72 Jackson, Mississippi $1,029 $27,216 $4,863 $4,312 4 5.3% 19.6 51.7%
73 Battle Creek, Michigan $1,055 $32,488 $10,114 $7,930 5 5.1% 17.8 44.9%
74 West Hartford, Connecticut $2,192 $58,922 $12,973 $10,692 7 2.3% 19.5 23.1%
75 Joplin, Missouri $953 $29,075 $8,320 $5,772 5 3.3% 15.3 43.5%
76 North Little Rock, Arkansas $1,121 $32,446 $5,894 $5,011 4 4.4% 18.7 44.9%
77 Omaha, Nebraska $1,294 $35,791 $7,797 $6,518 5 3.4% 18.2 37.9%
78 Farmington Hills, Michigan $1,824 $48,712 $10,114 $7,930 7 2.0% 24 22.9%
79 La Crosse, Wisconsin $1,211 $32,079 $9,939 $8,413 5 2.3% 15.4 24.6%
80 Dubuque, Iowa $1,089 $31,769 $9,053 $7,790 6 2.9% 15 43.5%
81 Tulsa, Oklahoma $1,173 $32,220 $7,480 $5,610 5 4.1% 18.5 45.3%
82 Greenville, North Carolina $1,329 $32,431 $8,868 $7,501 5 4.9% 17.2 44.8%
83 Eau Claire, Wisconsin $1,187 $32,273 $9,939 $8,413 6 2.7% 15.6 37.8%
84 Rochester, Minnesota $1,369 $43,537 $13,876 $10,664 6 2.4% 16 25.7%
85 Casper, Wyoming $1,245 $32,214 $9,100 $7,800 5 3.2% 17.3 33.1%
86 Columbus, Georgia $1,203 $31,211 $7,228 $6,234 4 5.0% 19.1 44.2%
87 Victoria, Texas $1,236 $31,229 $8,495 $6,547 4 5.0% 17.2 43.7%
88 Richland, Washington $1,416 $46,129 $12,108 $9,240 6 2.8% 19.9 31.4%
89 Columbia, Missouri $1,331 $35,656 $8,320 $5,772 5 2.4% 16.8 36.3%
90 Novi, Michigan $1,990 $54,227 $10,114 $7,930 9 0.0% 26.4 23.9%
91 Fargo, North Dakota $1,379 $34,569 $8,021 $7,109 5 2.3% 15.5 35.0%
92 Lincoln, Nebraska $1,287 $35,887 $7,797 $6,518 5 2.8% 18.1 39.5%
93 Albany, Georgia $1,090 $27,918 $7,228 $6,234 4 5.7% 17 56.4%
94 Southfield, Michigan $1,623 $46,923 $10,114 $7,930 4 4.5% 24 28.3%
95 Layton, Utah $1,401 $34,672 $7,860 $6,024 6 2.3% 23.7 30.7%
96 Memphis, Tennessee $1,200 $32,449 $5,857 $4,515 3 5.1% 21.3 48.6%
97 Jacksonville, North Carolina $1,313 $28,996 $8,868 $7,501 5 3.8% 20.5 37.4%
98 Davenport, Iowa $1,152 $33,469 $9,053 $7,790 3 4.0% 16.5 44.1%
99 Waterloo, Iowa $955 $30,776 $9,053 $7,790 3 3.7% 15.8 48.9%
100 Des Moines, Iowa $1,176 $35,586 $9,053 $7,790 2 3.8% 18.4 40.9%

Sources:

Housing, income, commuting, poverty and population data: 2010-2012 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates

Schools data: Greatschools.org ratings for each city/place

Daycare cost estimates: 2013 study by Child Care Aware of America and the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)

Only places with 50,000 or more residents were included in the study. Places were excluded for lack of data availability for all variables.

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