July 29, 2010
ForbesWoman names Seattle ninth best U.S. city for working moms
For the second year in a row, ForbesWoman.com has culled, sorted, and ranked data on the largest U.S. metropolitan areas to produce its list of the 50 best cities for working mothers.
[Image: U.S. Employment Service poster from 1940s]
Seattle-Tacoma ranked No. 9 on the list, sandwiched between New York City at No. 8 and Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y. at No. 10. Minneapolis-St. Paul; Washington, D.C.; and Boston claimed the top three spots, respectively. (See the entire list of top 50 U.S. cities for working mothers.)
ForbesWoman is quick to note that "'best' means different things to different people." For this reason, the publication synthesized data on cost of living, women's salaries, unemployment rates, access to quality pediatricians, school spending per student, and violent crimes in each of the 50 locations.
Although Seattle-Tacoma's cost of living ranked 43rd on this list of 50, we snagged the twelfth highest ranking for women's income, the thirteenth lowest violent crime rate on the list, and the ninth best spot for access to quality pediatric health care. Our spending per pupil and unemployment rate were a bit less impressive, however, ranking eighteenth and nineteenth on the list, respectively.
To arrive at these stats, ForbesWoman crunched numbers from the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Justice, the website HealthGrades.com, and the 2007 edition of the Frommer's book "Cities: Ranked and Rated," by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander.
Local moms, what do you think of Seattle-Tacoma coming in ninth on this list? Did you explore other metropolitan areas before deciding to raise your kids here? How does our region compare?
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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