If you’re a working mom, there are at least 49 better cities to live in than Las Vegas, according to Forbes magazine. The publication ranked Las Vegas at the bottom of the list for working mothers.
The list is based on a recent evaluation of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas in such categories as earnings, unemployment, cost of living, violent and property crimes, health care, per-capita school expenditure per pupil, the number of day care facilities and preschools, and park acreage.
Las Vegas also achieved near cellar dweller status in many contributing categories, including ranking 43rd in employment, 49th in pediatricians, 46th in school quality, 47th in violent crimes. Other categories didn’t fair much better, mostly in the mid-30s ranking. The only bright spot of sorts, surpisingly, was a 14th ranking in health care.
“There are numerous considerations for what working moms want in their choice of a city,” ForbesWoman writer Heidi Brown, who edited the list, said in a statement. “We based our rankings on the premise that different mothers have different needs. Beyond good health care and safety, mothers who work want a city which offers plentiful jobs, high salaries and abundant day care options.”
The New York metro area took first place on the list, followed by Austin, Texas; Minneapolis/St. Paul; and Milwaukee.