|Say it isn't so Beast, not again!|
Why should we celebrate mothers only one day a year? Why not every day? With that in mind, The Daily Beast for the second year ranked the cities that strive for just that: keeping mom fulfilled 365 days a year.
To compile the rankings, we started with the 100 largest cities according to 2009 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. We then looked at the same five categories as last year, which tell us about the quality of life for resident mothers, and updated them with recent data to more accurately reflect the current motherly situation in the nation's most populated cities:
• Mothers-per-capita: the percentage of mothers in each city with one or more children under 18 years old, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
• Educational quality: the overall caliber of public schools in each city based on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best. Scores were culled from Great Schools, which ranks schools based on standardized test performance.
• Child care: the number of child-care workers per child age 5, according to each city's surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area, based on 2009 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2009 and U.S. Census population data.
• Maternity health specialists: the availability of maternity specialists (in obstetrics and gynecology or maternal and fetal medicine) based on the number of recognized practitioners, per resident mom, in each city, according to HealthGrades, an independent health-care ratings company. HealthGrades doctors must be affiliated with a high-quality hospital, free of state sanctions, disciplinary actions, malpractice judgments, and monetary settlements in the last five years, and be board certified in his/her practice specialty.
• Mother's Day pampering: We used Citysearch to find the number of brunch and hair salon businesses per mother in each city.
Ever-consistent, Laredo was ranked at the very bottom of the list While Tampa Florida ranked number one; the city where , according to the daily beast, moms have it best! You know there may be something to this. Just tonight, I saw another mother arrested for leaving her kid in the car while she paid her most important bill of all, her cell phone bill. Fortunately, the kid was ok, not so the mother. She was arrested and got to appear on Pro8news.
#100, Laredo, Texas
Moms-per-capita (ranking among 100 largest cities): 3
Child care (ranking among 100 largest cities): 73
Schools (1 to 10 scale): 4
Maternity care (ranking among 100 largest cities): 98
Pampering score (ranking among 100 largest cities): 197