With 27% of people who moved last year citing being closer to family as the main reason, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family, as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the most family-friendly places in America, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 48 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to school-system quality to COVID-19 cases.

Raising a Family in Columbia (1=Best; 91=Avg.):

  • 1st – Median Family Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 17th – Housing Affordability
  • 39th – % of Two-Parent Families
  • 18th – % of Families Living in Poverty
  • 14th – Separation & Divorce Rate
  • 18th – Average Daily COVID-19 Cases in the Past Week per Capita
  • 5th – % of Residents Who Are Fully Vaccinated

For the full report, please visit:


Other cities in Maryland that made the list:

  • #172 – Baltimore, MD

Scott E