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Forbes Selects Top Cities For Working Mothers

My fair city, Philadelphia

Jane Sellman said, “The phrase working mother is redundant.” That may be true, but Forbes just selected the top cities to be a working mother for 2011.

The number one spot was a surprise change; instead of New York City being in the top spot like that year, Buffalo, New York leapt into the top. According to Forbes, “Buffalo is home to one of Working Mother‘s best companiesState University of New York at Buffalo, where employees are given a generous  28 weeks of job-guaranteed time off when they give birth, father or adopt a child.”

I’ll say that’s generous.

Forbes takes a number of factors into account to determine the best cities for working moms.

To determine the rankings we began with the largest 50 metropolitan areas by population. After that, however, the notion of “what’s best” means different things to different women. Job opportunity and high earnings potential are, of course, at the top of the list, and so we tracked women’s weekly earnings from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A successful career can be the foundation of a stable and comfortable family life.

Additional factors include safety and healthcare, including the number of practicing physicians, school district expenditures per student, violent crime rates, and of course the cost of living.

The top ten cities are:

1. Buffalo-Niagra Falls, New York

2. Columbus, Ohio

3. Hartford, Connecticut

4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

5. Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, Virginia

6. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin

7. Richmond, Virginia

8. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts/New Hampshire

9. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

10. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio

My lovely city of Philadelphia, where I’m a quite happy working mother, is smack in the middle of the top fifty list.

For the full list, visit Forbes here!

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