Norton School Faculty Research featured in study of 2016's Best and Worst Cities for Single Moms

Professor Melissa Barnett & Professor Melissa Curran's Research is featured in WalletHub's study article about the 2016's Best and Worst Cities for Single Moms

Not long ago, the two-parent system standardized our family-centric society. Single moms and single parents in general were a bit of a social rarity, even frowned upon by mainstream groups. But as cultural perspectives have warmed up to this once-unconventional family structure, moms choosing to rear their children alone are no longer deemed social pariahs. 

But whether by volition or otherwise, the role of an unattached parent can be somewhat of a financial tightrope act, especially if you’re a single mom relying on a single income. In 2014, the median income for a home led by an unmarried mom totaled $24,403, not even a third of the $84,541 for families headed by married parents, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. And solo-mom families are more likely than single-dad units to live under poverty, with child-care costs that exceed the cost of rent in every state eating a good chunk of their earnings.

In light of Women’s History Month and National Single Parent Day on March 21, WalletHub’s analysts decided to honor single moms by identifying the most suitable cities for their families. Our comparison of the 150 largest U.S. cities is based on 17 key indicators of an ideal environment in which single moms have access to ample job opportunities and earn a livable income while their children receive the best and most cost-effective care. 

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