Washington DC One Of The Worst Cities For Moms?

In honor of Mother’s Day The Daily Beast (home of an extensive blogger roster including my republican dream girl Meghan McCain,) published a list of the Best and Worst cities for mothers, can you guess where Washington DC ended up in the ranking of the top 200 cities? Try 7th to last- right above LA.

The list took into account mothers per capital; quality of child care, schools, and maternity care; and an all-important metric: per capita searches on Citysearch.com for “Mother’s Day Brunch,” and “Hair Salon.”

That last criteria is where they lost me but take a lot at the DC compared to the top ranked city (Bosie, ID) and see for yourself:

#193, Washington, DC

Moms-per-capita: 186

Child care: 162

Schools: 5 out of 10

Maternity care: 35

Pampering: 48

#1, Boise, ID

Moms-per-capita: 61 out of 200

Child care: 20 out of 200

Schools: 7 out of 10

Maternity care: 63 of out 200

Pampering: 86 out of 200

With cities like Coral Springs, FL and Elk Grove, CA topping the list I wonder if this ranking is skewed towards smaller cities but then again these cities ranked high in child care and pampering. Again I don’t know about that last metric…

Other notable cities on the list: Arlington, VA (#37); Alexandria, VA (#127); Baltimore, MD (#130)- DC what do you think? Is it that bad out there for a mother and family in The District?

3 Comments so far

  1. Abel (unregistered) on May 10th, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    I have to agree.. “pampering” is very subjective.. maybe Moms in DC have the presence of mind to know what they want and communicate it, rather than hapless children and husbands having to resort to vague internet searches?


  2. JM (unregistered) on May 11th, 2010 @ 1:12 am

    Just thought your readers might like to know about People of Public Transit in DC.

    http://www.peopleofpublictransit.com/tag/dc-metropolitan/

    Thanks!


  3. Grace (unregistered) on May 11th, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    I have no desire to raise a family in DC. It’s hard enough to get groceries in the city for just me. I love living here as a single woman but with babies I think it would be too much for me. The pampering category is silly. Who cares if there are lots of nail salons and mothers’ day brunches? As long as there are restaurants and one nail salon it’s all good.



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