Columbia, Maryland, parents likely appreciate the affordable cost of living and top health care facilities, such as Howard County General Hospital, that this community provides. The personal-finance website WalletHub gives Columbia moms and dads even more reason to be happy living here, thanks to its “2021’s Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family” report released June 1. WalletHub honored Columbia with a No. 5 spot in its Top 10 best U.S. cities to raise a family.
The report evaluated 182 cities across the country using 48 key metrics graded on a 10o-point scale. WalletHub’s research team considered essential family dynamics factors, such as the cost of housing, the quality of schools and health care systems, unemployment stats and crime rates in its analysis. Columbia ranked as follows:
- No. 2 in affordability.
- No. 8 in health and safety.
- No. 14 in socioeconomics (considering factors such as wealth gap and families receiving food stamps).
- No. 44 in education and child care.
- No. 67 in family fun opportunities.
According to the report, WalletHub consulted the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI for data used to rank cities within the categories mentioned above.
Baltimore also appeared within the top 172 locales that WalletHub listed as some of the best cities for families.
Although WalletHub acknowledges limitations in its methodology—citing personal preferences and available public data—its report offers some relocation possibilities to moms and dads who may be moving for better job opportunities or other reasons.
In an introduction to the report, WalletHub Managing Editor John S. Kiernan says that “in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, families will likely be looking for cities that provide the most safety and have the lowest unemployment rates.”
Read more about the experts who put together the WalletHub “2021’s Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family” report. Discover their thoughts about what families should consider when choosing a place to live and the most important steps parents can take to help their children grow up healthy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.