Cleveland Rated Third Worst City To Raise A Family

It may not exactly be the news you wanted to hear if you planned on settling down in Cleveland.

With wedding season over and many young families seeking to put down roots in places of opportunity, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019's Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family, and the outlook was not very good for Cleveland.

"The land" came in as the third worst city to raise a family. To determine the most family-friendly places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 47 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to school-system quality to share of families with young kids. Here are just some of the stats the Cleveland raked in:

  • 74th– % of Families with Young Kids
  • 177th– Median Family Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 16th – Housing Affordability
  • 170th – Unemployment Rate
  • 179th – % of Two-Parent Families
  • 26th – Playgrounds per Capita
  • 46th – Number of Attractions
  • 181st – % of Families Living in Poverty
  • 182nd – Separation & Divorce Rate
  • 165th – Violent-Crime Rate per Capita

Among the 47 metrics, Cleveland was second to last among the 182 cities ranked in Poverty rate and first in Divorce Rate.

One Ohio city did manage to make the top 100, as Columbus placed 58th on the list.

For the full study, click here.

Photo by: Ken Robinson / WTAM 1100

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