Being a single mom is hard. Does where you live make it harder? Turns out – yes! While this study was conducted in 2016, I was amazed by some of the cities that were ranked as the best places for single mothers.

Let’s break down that down, thanks to a study by WalletHub.

Let’s discuss the factors WalletHub took into account when determining the best cities for single mothers. They compared 150 cities across seventeen key dimensions like liveable income, job opportunities, affordable childcare, and more. Finally, they evaluated over 31 different metrics that you can find here.

Here Are The Best Cities for Single Moms:

  1. Scottsdale, AZ

  2. Madison, WI

  3. Fremont, CA

  4. San Francisco, CA

  5. Seattle, WA

  6. Pembroke Pines, FL

  7. Irvine, CA

  8. Honolulu, HI

  9. Sioux Falls, SD

  10. Overland Park, KS

  11. Plano, TX

  12. Des Moines, IA

  13. Omaha, NE

  14. Raleigh, NC

  15. Orlando, FL

  16. Huntington Beach, CA

  17. Gilbert, AZ

  18. Little Rock, AR

  19. Tacoma, WA

  20. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 

Want to know more? Here’s a few more interesting breakdowns, again, complements of WalletHub. 

Highest % of Employed Single Mom’s with Under-aged Children:

  1. Lubbock, TX

  2. Peoria, AZ

  3. Gilbert, AZ

  4. Chandler, AZ

  5. Honolulu, HI

Lowest % of Employed Single Mom’s with Under-aged Children:

  1. Detroit, MI

  2. Cincinnati, OH

  3. Newark, NJ

  4. Stockton, CA

  5. San Bernardino, CA

Highest Median Annual Income for Single Moms (Adjusted for Cost of Living):

  1. Gilbert, AZ

  2. Pembroke Pines, FL

  3. Chandler, AZ

  4. Plano, TX

  5. Overland Park, KS

Lowest Median Annual Income for Single Moms (Adjusted for Cost of Living):

  1. New York, NY

  2. Knoxville, TN

  3. Cleveland, OH

  4. Newark, NJ

  5. Santa Ana, CA

Highest Housing Affordability for Single Moms:

  1. Gilbert, AZ

  2. Pembroke Pines, FL

  3. Peoria, AZ

  4. Chandler, AZ

  5. Plano, TX

Lowest Housing Affordability for Single Moms:

  1. Los Angeles, CA

  2. Oakland, CA

  3. Santa Ana, CA

  4. Boston, MA

  5. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Caroline C.
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