So what are the best cities for working parents? If you’re looking for low unemployment rates, cost-effective housing and childcare costs that won’t totally ruin your family’s budget (and who doesn’t want that?), these cities are for you.

Personal finance company SmartAsset put together their list of the 10 best cities in the U.S. for parents who want to give their families their all. These cities provide employment opportunities, have (comparatively) high school grad rates and are reasonable when it comes to home prices.

Oh, and the top 10 are all west of the Mississippi. Yep. The list includes 10 cities that are all in the mid-west and western U.S.

So what cities made the list? Check them out for yourself:

  1. Abilene, Texas
  2. Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  3. Santa Clara, California
  4. Wichita Falls, Texas
  5. St. George, Utah
  6. Jonesboro, Arkansas
  7. Orem, Utah
  8. Iowa City, Iowa
  9. Provo, Utah
  10. Ames, Iowa

If you’re wondering what the top pick, Ames, has for you and your family, they have a 1.5 percent unemployment rate, median annual housing costs of $11,160, an average high school graduation rate of 92 percent and average annual childcare costs of $9,093.

What do you look for in a family-friendly place to live? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

—Erica Loop



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