Special Report

Worst Cities to Raise Children


To determine the worst cities to raise children, 24/7 Wall St. ranked metropolitan statistical areas based on an index consisting of high school graduation rate, preschool enrollment rate among 3- and 4-year-olds, property crime rate, and the percentage of a population with access to places for physical activity. The share of 3- and 4-year olds enrolled in preschool came from the 2017 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. Violent and property crime rates came from the FBI’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report. Graduation rates and the share of the population with access to places for physical activity came from the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.

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