Another list! Best cities for babies
The November issue of Parents magazine ranks the best cities for babies, and I'm afraid no Florida spots cracked the top 10, ranked by child care, safety, fun, infant health and money matters.
No. 1 was retirement haven Scottsdale, Ariz., with its low crime rate, loads of paved trails and bike lanes, pentiful parks and warm-year-round climate. Plenty of child-care centers and pediatricians, as well as a fairly low unemployment rate (6.4 percent) also helped it top the list.
As for the rest? Jacksonville (20), Orlando (40), Tampa (41), St. Petersburg (69), Miami (71) and Hialeah (78) are the only Florida entries. I'm thinking they might have relied too heavily on the mom bloggers to come up with their rankings. Fort Wayne, Ind., comes in at No. 2 because of the ease of finding licensed child care. But it sounds like the same system Pinellas County has used through Coordinated Child Care for more than 15 years! Lincoln, Neb., gets points for air quality and low unemployment. Porland, Ore., (5) ranks for its high breastfeeding rates.
Is this area tougher than most to have a baby in?
~ Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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