When planning for their child’s future, many couples consider factors such as proximity to extended family and length of one’s daily commute.
But a host of economic considerations come into play as working parents decide where to raise families, and with nearly 60 percent of “married-couple families with children” now including two working parents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those factors are only becoming more relevant.
Personal-finance site NerdWallet partnered with Business Insider to create this list of the best cities for working parents. In ranking each city, NerdWallet took four factors into account: cost of living in that city, cost of child care, quality of available education and the percentage of households with children.
In considering cost of living, NerdWallet analysts looked at median household incomes and factors including mortgage and real estate expenses, insurance, and utilities. Child care costs are attributed to a 2013 report from ChildCare Aware of America, and data from nonprofit Great Schools, which compares standardized test scores from public and private schools to state averages, was used to determine education quality.