Charlotte landed near the bottom of Forbes magazine’s top cities for working mothers—placing 48th out of 50—while Raleigh came in 33rd, higher than many Southern cities.
Forbes rated the cities against criteria that considered women's income, cost of living, availability of pediatricians, safety, employment opportunities and spending on education.
Raleigh’s low violent crime rate (second in the nation) and relatively positive unemployment rate (14th) buoyed its overall ranking. Raleigh was 37th in women’s income, but 23rd in cost of living. Its No. 22 ranking in pediatrician availability helped offset its 45th spot in spending per pupil.
Charlotte ranked 15th in cost of living, but that number was offset by being in 40th place in both unemployment and rate of violent crime. Other low scores included ranking 36th in number of pediatricians, 37th in women’s income and 39th in spending on education.
Minneapolis-St. Paul’s low crime and unemployment rates earned the Twin Cities region the magazine’s No. 1 ranking, followed by Washington, D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
Cities in the South and the Sun Belt, hard hit by the recession, generally languished near the bottom of Forbes’ list.