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Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati top cities for working moms

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Ohio’s three largest cities landed spots in the top 30 of Forbes magazine’s list of best cities for working mothers.

The survey weighed women’s income, cost of living, availability of pediatricians, safety, employment and spending on education. The magazine rated the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Columbus finished 17th in the country on the strength of its relatively low cost of living and violent crime rate (14th for both). The city finished 19th in spending on education, 21st in unemployment, 26th in number of pediatricians and 32nd in women's income.

Cleveland ranked 18th, a score driven by the city’s high per-pupil spending (12th) and high number of pediatricians (14th). The city has the 18th lowest violent crime rate in the nation. It ranks 26th in cost of living and 27th in unemployment rate. Cleveland tied Columbus and Cincinnati for 32nd in women’s income.

Cincinnati’s violent crime rate (12th) and low cost of living (16th) carried it to the 26th spot in the overall national rankings. The Queen City ranked 21st in number of pediatricians, 26th in spending per pupil, and 31st in unemployment.

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.

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