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ForbesWoman just came out with its first annual list of the Best Cities for Working Mothers -- and Charlotte is not on it. To calculate the rankings, the magazine started with the 50 largest cities in the U.S. and the premise that different mothers have different needs.
So while it’s safe to say that all moms want a secure and protected place for their children to live in, first-rate medical care and excellent schools, if they’re running a business or earning a paycheck, there are other important considerations.
ForbesWoman put emphasis on income levels, job opportunities, cost-of-living, childcare, quality of healthcare, especially among pediatricians, school systems, crime rates and family-friendly recreation and outdoor public spaces.
They top 20 they came up with is below: New York City; Austin, Texas; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Portland, Ore.; Cincinnati, Ohio: San Jose, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.; Denver, Colo.; Louisville, Ky.;
Richmond, Va.; Columbus, Ohio; Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.; San Francisco/Oakland, Calif.; Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Va.; Washington D.C./Alexandria, Va.; Raleigh, N.C.; Philadelphia, Pa./Wilmington, Del.; Providence, R.I. and Hartford, Conn.
So why isn't Charlotte on this list? Working moms, want to defend your city or rant against it?