Worcester Ranked #1 Place in America for Millennial Mothers

by | Oct 1, 2019 | Headlines, News, Worcester Ranks

WORCESTER – A new report has ranked Worcester as the best place for millennial mothers to raise their children. 

The term “millennial” typically refers to anyone born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. 

The report — Best Places for Millennial Mothers — was released on Tuesday, Oct. 1 by the personal finance and technology company SmartAsset. The study sought to find the best places for millennial women who are looking to become or who have recently become mothers. 

SmartAsset ranked the Top 10 Places for Millennial Mothers by comparing data from 100 metro areas across nine metrics including average earnings for women, the concentration of obstetricians and gynecologists and average annual cost of childcare, and other general affordability factors. 

According to the report, Worcester ranked in the top 8 of the 9 metrics that SmartAsset used — including percent of millennial women who recently had a child.

Other findings

  • The median annual earnings for women in Worcester are 13th highest of all metro areas in the study
  • Massachusetts has the highest maternity and paternity leave rating from the National Partnership for Women and Families
  • The rent in Worcester as a percentage of women’s earnings was 34.28% — the 15th lowest of any metro area in the study
  • Housing costs in Worcester as a percentage of women’s earnings was 42.72%, ranking toward the middle of all metro areas
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Image Courtesy of SmartAsset


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