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New Orleans Ranked One of the Worst Places to Raise a Family

It’s no secret that New Orleans is a pretty great place to live. From joyous celebrations like Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence to the everyday presence of excellent food, music, and fun, no other city in U.S. can compete. But what’s it like for family units? A new study reveals the shortcomings in quality of life for families in New Orleans. WalletHub conducted the survey, analyzing 150 American cities on key criteria like health, safety, socioeconomics, education, and and family fun. 


The Crescent City’s final score was 43.59 — ranking in 12th place for the worst cities to raise a family. New Orleans was one of many Southern cities including in the top 20, alongside Birmingham, AL (in first place); Shreveport, LA (in 4th); Hialeah, FL (in 5th); Miami, FL (in 6th); Jackson, MS (in 7th); Augusta, GA (in 8th); Memphis, TN (in 10th); Fort Lauderdale, FL (in 14th); Baton Rouge, LA (in 16th) Baltimore, MD (in 17th); Mobile, AL (in 18th); and Montgomery, AL (in 19th). 


According to the findings, NOLA came in 35th place for family fun, which analyzes per capita rates of playgrounds, park land, ice rinks, skate parks, as well as number of attractions and friendliness to recreation, sports, walkability, and families with young children. 


New Orleans ranked in 106th place for best health and safety, an indicator that reveals the city’s shortcomings in terms of air quality, water quality, and rates of uninsured children, infant mortality, pedestrian deaths, driving fatalities, and violent crime & property crime per capita.


The study also found that the Big Easy came in 6th place for worst education and child care. In terms of education, the category looks at quality of school systems, as well as graduation rates. For child care, the category addressed quality of day cares, child care costs, parental leave policies, and number of services per capita. Two other cities in the Boot made the top 10 list, with Shreveport coming in 4th place and Baton Rouge in 7th. 


NOLA also ranked in 15th place for worst affordability on the spectrum, joining Miami (in first place) and Hialeah (in 2nd) as the only Southern cities in the top 20. Cost of living was measured, as was housing affordability and wallet wellness. New Orleans joined costly cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Santa Ana, and Glendale, which underscored that although the Crescent City has a lower cost of living than larger metropolitan cities, they cause similar financial stresses. 


Another category on socioeconomics further illustrated this finding. New Orleans ranked in 122nd place in the metric, which analyzes share of two percent families, families living below poverty level, wealth gaps, and rates of unemployment, underemployment, foreclosure, separation, divorce, and debt. 


Check out WalletHub's graphic below to see where all the states rank. 

Source: WalletHub

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