Raising a family is a long-term commitment, and finding the right place for your family to grow takes work. You may not know yet exactly what you need or want in the “right” place, but knowing what you don’t want is easy.
You don’t want a high crime rate, low property values, or bad quality school if you’re looking for a great place to raise a family. Check out a little info on a few of the worst cities to raise a family to start getting a better idea of what you do want in your future spot.
Atlanta, Georgia certainly has plenty of reasons to visit or vacation, but raising a family in this area may not be your best bet. The crime rates in the city of Atlanta and the surrounding areas are some of the highest in the nation, and it doesn’t get any better in the suburbs.
In one Atlanta suburb, you have a 1 in 10 chance of being a victim of a crime. Atlanta also ranks as one of the worst cities for car accidents. If you’re not safe driving or at home, then where are you going to feel comfortable?
Memphis is another spot you don’t want to lay your family’s foundation. The violent crime in Memphis, Tennessee ranks in the top ten percent of the nation. For every 100,000 residents, there are 1,082 violent crimes reported each year.
Poverty is another big issue in and around the city of Memphis. In the nation, an average of 20 percent of kids live in a poverty stricken household. In Memphis, Tennessee, 30 percent of kids live in poverty.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
When children live in a place where crime rates are high, they experience higher stress levels. Excess stress produces excess cortisol in the body, which can cause some lifelong physical issues for your child. Albuquerque, New Mexico makes the list of places you don’t want to raise a family mainly because of its high crime rate.
The high school graduation rate in Albuquerque is less than two-thirds of students. Only two other cities in the nation have a lower graduation rate than Albuquerque.
Gadsden, Alabama makes this nefarious collection due to a mixture of poor educational outcomes and high crime rates. Though the two often go hand in hand, Gadsden seems to champion the reaction.
Preschool enrollment in the area sits lower than 40 percent, and high school graduation rates are lower than the nation’s average. The violent crime rate in the Gadsden area is in the highest ten percent in the nation.