Planning to settle down with a spouse and some kids? One study suggests you should think twice before considering Augusta, because it has been named one of the worst places to raise a family, according to WalletHub.
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Augusta ranked No. 143 in WalletHub’s “2017 Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family” ranking.
To determine its results, the finance website analyzed the 150 most populated U.S. cities using 41 metrics grouped into five major categories: family fun; health and safety; education and child care; affordability and socioeconomics.
Some of the key indicators included number of playgrounds, median family salary, percentage of families living below poverty level and violent crime rates.
Augusta ranked low in all five sections. Here are the individual results:
- Family fun: 136
- Health and safety: 132
- Education and child care: 124
- Affordability: 116
- Socioeconomics: 126
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Augusta wasn’t the only Georgia city on the list. Atlanta and Columbus also fell to the bottom of the pack at No. 124 and No. 125, respectively.
Who took the top spots? Overall, Overland Park, Kansas; Madison, Wisconsin and Plano, Texas, placed first, second and third, respectively.
Take a look at the map of findings below to find out how other areas fared.
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