Kevin Aherne (@KAherne17)
Providence is a great city for food, nightlife, travel, arts, and higher education--but when it comes to raising a family, Rhode Island's capital city ranks among the nation's worst.
In a recent rating by Wallet Hub of the 150 largest American cities, they developed a formula to compare the metropolitan areas in terms of family-friendliness to determine 2014′s Best & Worst Cities for Families.
Of the 150 cities measured, Providence ranked 144th, leading only Cleveland, Ohio; San Bernadino, California; Jackson, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; Miami, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan. Topping the list were Plano, Texas' Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Overland Park, Kansas. New England cities fared poorly as a group with Boston ranked at 91, and Worcester coming in at 97.
Here is the specific breakdown of Providence's low rankings within Wallet Hub's 5 categories:
Wallet Hub's Methodology
Using a set of 31 defined metrics in the categories of 1) Family Activities & Fun; 2) Health & Safety; 3) Education & Child Care; 4) Affordability; and 5) Socio-Economic Environment, Wallet Hub rated the 150 largest U.S. cities to determine what they hope will enable families to make more informed choices if and when they are presented with an option to relocate to a new city.
Family Activities & Fun
Health & Safety
Education & Child Care