Rochester ranks among the worst metro areas nationwide to raise a family, a new report contends.
In its 2017 Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family, WalletHub compared the most populated 150 cities based on 41 key metrics ranging from cost of housing and quality of local school and health care systems to opportunities for fun and recreation.
Rochester ranked 108th on the report.
Overland Park, Kansas, earned the top spot overall, as well as first place in affordability. The worst place to raise a family, according to the report, is Birmingham, Ala., which received low marks for family fun, education and child care and socioeconomics.
Rochester’s worst rank was 148th in the socioeconomic category, while the city ranked 100th for its affordability. Broken down further, Rochester ranked 148th for its high percentage of families living below the poverty level—behind just Cleveland, Ohio, and Detroit, Mich.—while the city ranked 147th for its high divorce rate.
While some data collected for the report was subjective, WalletHub acknowledged, its experts noted that a family’s quality of life both directly and indirectly affect their children and their chance for future success, particularly in terms of stress levels and psychological problems.
Safety, public school quality and diversity ranked among the top indicators of a city’s quality when determining where to raise a family, WalletHub’s experts noted.
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