Alpharetta among 'Best Small Cities for Working Parents'

Being a working parent isn't easy.

However, working parents in certain cities may have it easier than others, according to a new study by NerdWallet.

The study analyzed 961 places across the U.S. with populations from 25,000 to 100,000 to determine the best small cities for parents to raise families. 

Four Georgia cities are ranked in the study:

• Alpharetta (No. 18)

• Peachtree City (No. 22)

• Roswell (No. 79)

• Woodstock (No. 86)

The highest-ranked cities are those with a blend of earning potential, affordability and strong school systems.

The top 10 small cities for working parents are:

1. Brentwood, Tennessee

2. Los Altos, California

3. Saratoga, California

4. Franklin, Tennessee

5. Bentonville, Arkansas

6. Vestavia Hills, Alabama

7. Germantown, Tennessee

8. Madison, Alabama

9.  Dublin, Ohio

10. Wildwood, Missouri

Other key findings from the study include:

• Southern suburbs with relatively high affordability and top-ranked schools are among the best.

• In spite of its high cost of living, the San Francisco Bay Area is flourishing due to high average household incomes and nationally ranked schools.

• Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas and South Dakota have the lowest child care costs, which can be a significant expense for working parents.

The study was developed using information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, 2013 American Community Survey and Child Care Aware’s 2014 Cost of Child Care report.

Visit NerdWallet for the complete study.