Last week the USDA released new data (PDF) on the cost of raising kids. A middle income family will spend nearly $250,000 to raise a child born last year until age 17, a 2.6 percent increase over babies born in 2011.
But, as the department recognizes, cost varies depending on where parents live among other factors. To figure out which cities may offer a relatively higher cost and lower quality of life for new babies and new parents, we used cost projections from Redfin for a baby’s first year in 40 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across the U.S., which we measured against the metro area’s median household wage to figure out the percentage of household income that would be devoted to baby care.
We also considered the number of ob/gyns per capita (American Medical Association), the average commute time for parents (U.S. Census), percentage of the population 5 years or younger (U.S. Census) and the number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents (The Trust for Public Land (PDF)).