The 5 best cities to raise a child in the U.S.

Which cities are the most family-friendly?
Written by Claire Lambrecht, Contributor

Where is the best place to raise a child? Pockets of perfection exist in every city, but which communities offer the most resources -- hospitals, schools, or safety -- for expecting parents?

Last week, The Street.com compiled a list of the most baby-friendly cities in America. Their list offers insight into the cities that make parents, and their offspring, a priority:

5. Boston, Ma. -- Across the country, 41.2 percent of pregnant women are uninsured. In Boston, with universal healthcare a half-decade old, that number drops to almost nothing. That medical care is matched by world-class medical facilities, including Boston's Children's Hospital, the top ranked children's hospital in the country.

4. Omaha, Neb. -- Home of billionaire Warren Buffett, Omaha boasts affordable real estate, safe pedestrian walkways, and low infant mortality rates. It also is the birthplace of Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, and Gabrielle Union.

3. Minneapolis, Mn. -- With seven local hospitals, the second-most home daycare businesses per capita, affordable home prices, 19 Fortune 500 companies, and some of the best public schools in the country, Minneapolis provides a number of attractive attributes for families.

2. Portland, Ore. -- With the lowest cost of living on the west coast, raising a child in Portland is kinder on the family budget than other coastal cities. Moreover, support for mothers in Portland is written in the public code. The city allows public breastfeeding and requires background checks for caregivers. An added bonus, of course, is that Voodoo Doughnut isn't far off to assuage midnight cravings.

1. Scottsdale, Ariz. -- The nation's "most western town" also turns out to be the most hospitable to children. A below-average employment rate and availability of organic food, coupled with 67 miles of paved trails, make Scottsdale a perennial favorite by both The Street.com and Parents magazine.

[The Street]

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This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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