Best Cities for Working Moms

Being a working mother is like real estate: it’s all about location, location, location. ForbesWoman crunched the numbers and came up with its third annual list of the top 50 U.S. cities for working moms. But it’s not just a healthy economy that’s figured into the rankings, it’s also factors that directly impact working moms — childcare expenses, quality of health care and education and average commute times.

This year’s list was the first to look at these less obvious factors, and it had a direct impact on the rankings. New York and Washington, D.C., for instance, dropped down the rankings due to their long commute times and exorbitant childcare costs. It’s interesting then, to consider what other factors could be added to the list, and how these would impact the rankings. What are other important statistics to consider when looking at an area’s hospitality towards working moms? Let us know in the comments!

Check out the next page to see if your city tops the list.

The top 10 cities for working mothers:

1 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
2 Columbus, OH
3 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT
4 Pittsburgh, PA
5 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
6 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
7 Richmond, VA
8 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
9 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
10 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH

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j A4 years ago

nice information to have if considering a move

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thank you what a great article.

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago

thanks :)

Sh C.
Sh C5 years ago

I love D.C.

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

It looks like I'm living on the wrong coast.

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M6 years ago

good to know

Jane H.
Jane H6 years ago

lucky moms who live in those areas

sandra m.
Past Member 6 years ago


Leena K.
Leena K6 years ago

It seems that working moms are not so important in big cities, thanks for sharing!?

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson6 years ago

I'm surprized!