I kind of feel for the cities scraping at the very bottom of Parenting magazine’s Top 100 Family Friendly U.S. Cities list. For starters, I’m raising my kids in No. 97. Though you’ll hear nothing but complaints from me about my adopted hometown, especially when it comes to being a place to raise kids, I still feel kind of defensive.
I mean, it’s all relative, right? Who’s to say what makes a city great, right? What’s the big deal about parkland, pediatricians, low crime rates and affordable housing? They’re just kids, right? Anyway, this year’s No. 91 was last year’s No. 8! 2011′s very worst city for raising families is home to the happiest place on Earth! That’ll make you cast a suspicious eye on the whole city ranking enterprise.
But Parenting had its reasons and its rubric. See what you think.
The 10 lowest ranked cities in Parenting magazine’s 100 Top U.S. Cities for Raising Families (look out American Southwest!)
How do these cities compare to the Top 10 in the nation?
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