Miami Is the Second Worst Place to Raise Kids in America, Study Says

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Coke. Corruption. Fake breasts galore. Miami has never exactly embraced its family-friendly side.

But here's some more bad news for baby mamas: A recent study has ranked the Magic City the second worst place to raise a child in the country, just above Detroit. Ouch.

See also: Florida Is the Most Stressed State in America, Study Says

The study, conducted by WalletHub, looked at 150 U.S. cities and ranked them according to 31 metrics, including playgrounds per capita, quality of school and health-care systems, job availability, and housing costs. In five categories -- Family Activities and Fun; Health and Safety; Education and Child Care; Affordability; and Socioeconomic Environment -- Miami didn't even crack the top 100, scoring highest in Health and Safety (120th) and lowest in Affordability (149th).

Particularly damning statistics for Miami include its low median family salary, the second lowest in the nation after Newark, New Jersey, and its housing costs, which rank 146th in affordability.

Miami is the main culprit, but the rest of South Florida didn't fare much better. Hialeah has the second fewest playgrounds per capita. Pembroke Pines has the lowest number of attractions, and Fort Lauderdale is among cities with the fewest families with kids -- and the highest divorce rate.

Not surprisingly, Fort Lauderdale ranked only slightly higher than Miami at 142, followed by Hialeah at 141. Other Florida cities named include Orlando (114), Tallahassee (107), Tampa (102), Jacksonville (99), and St. Petersburg (100). No Florida city cracked the top quarter of the list; the highest-ranked one, Pembroke Pines, came in at 44.

The study reconfirms last year's findings by the Daily Beast, which named Miami among the worst places to have a baby in the United States.

Sorry, Magic City kids, but it looks like your childhood isn't actually that magical.

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lroselle
lroselle

I raised two AWESOME kids in Miami. It's all about what you teach them at home.

305forizzel
305forizzel

ahh naw naw naw my nig dis heer aint enem coorect WE da best rickky ross da boss gud schoo grindin shinin errday like its spose to be dun ya feel me? all my babies be outchea n dey mommas tell me dey straight all da time, 305 all day bae!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chue331
chue331

Bull crap! We don't have many playgrounds in Miami because it's a zillion degrees outside! Our "playground" is the ATLANTIC OCEAN, and our BEACHES! Top that NYC or anywhere else for that matter! These studies are never accurate! My children are honor students who graduated in the top 15% of their class right here in sunny Miami Florida! There's good and bad EVERYWHERE you go!

It all depends on the family, and the example the adults in that family provide for their children, not the place. Get over yourselves and stop hating on Miami!!!

Ed Shred Acevedo
Ed Shred Acevedo

What does a skatepark have to do with this.... Howard don't have kids!'

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Kathy Fehr
Kathy Fehr

Even at BAD THINGS we can't be the best - come on people put your apathy into it

Varian Wolf
Varian Wolf

Just try to play on hot playground equipment in the summertime in Florida. This study should have substituted the Florida cultural equivalents of playgrounds in: such as splash parks and the beach.

BoBo ZoBo
BoBo ZoBo

Miami is not really a city. Its just a big campground of homes and beaches.

Paul Nelson
Paul Nelson

only psychopaths raise kids in Miami

Eugene Estevez
Eugene Estevez

I moved from Brooklyn Ny as a single dad in 2007 to Miami & has been the best move ived ever done...besides the fact also the year round activities there is here which also keeps our children minds very active compared to Nyc which is much more limited due to many factors like winter.

Ana Laura Treviño
Ana Laura Treviño

I came out pretty alright being raised in Sweetwater with gangs one block away.

Cole Hower
Cole Hower

And the kids are the worst behaved here.

Chase Loader
Chase Loader

Anabell Sanchez Ruh Oh! Save lil' Chase!

Holly Villa
Holly Villa

Wrong, I don't agree at all... Depends what neighborhood u live in... It amazes me what they come up with in these studies!!!!!!

Jenni Warjas Morales
Jenni Warjas Morales

Lmao at "Born and raised here, turned out just fine, screw this stupid studies." I guess that answers the question, "How is the education system?" LOL!

Yomara Cattoni
Yomara Cattoni

... This is the reason why I got here after 20 ... :-P

Maribel Estevez
Maribel Estevez

Haters! Every city has it's ups and downs. But who does'nt know Miami! There is always the good & the bad hand in hand. But I LOVE my city!

Michelle Rodriguez-Poyot
Michelle Rodriguez-Poyot

People that have never lived here should stay quiet and people that live here and don't like it GTFO. I'm just saying.

Glennda Hernandez
Glennda Hernandez

I'm from Pennsylvania. I loved being raised up north and was fearful when I imagined my daughter being raised here. Honestly it's been incredible. She is a water baby and we have so many different adventures in beautiful Miami. Let's not mention we are a drive away from the most magical place on earth:) #yoamo305

Ernesto Martinot
Ernesto Martinot

Jaime Marie Martinot get it together our kids shouldnt be born nor grow here! So many better places in the world-country for them

Gisselle Callejas
Gisselle Callejas

i had a great time here growing up and i think i'd be worse off if i grew up somewhere else, but that's just in terms of my family being colombian and growing up where i was in the "majority". i never had a ~my family immigrated here~~ identity crisis and i was lucky enough not to experience racism/weird atmospheres the way i have in the north/midwest, as "kid-friendly" as those places may be. it all depends on what you value, in the end, and i value that i was able to grow up somewhere where i could feel secure in my identity and not like i was weird or an outcast.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................maybe se should build a new $600,ooo,ooo STADIUM for all the kids with amusement rides and ice cream and petting zoos and a library and kiddie pool

since it's so eazy to get a STADIUM built in MIAMI why not one just for the benefit of kids ? ! ?

drellik
drellik

nat, i agree with your first comments. miami is what you make of it. i love it and hate it at the same time, but it's my home. it's where i want to be. 


however, the rest of your argument is one i've heard before from many of my friends and acquaintances who all have one thing in common....they've never lived anywhere else. i wish everyone in miami could move to the U.S. for a year (yes, the U.S.... miami is something else). once you experience life in another city with different people, a courteous culture, and a more educated population, then you begin to understand what all these articles and studies are talking about. if you decide to move back to miami, good. i did. now we can help change this city into a better place. but vacuum/utopia/1950s/unicorns....you're arguing against better cities with vague extreme comparisons to justify a position that has no substance.


i love miami. now let's make it better.

natspeed22_98
natspeed22_98

Life in South Florida is what you make it. I've always loved it so I MAKE it mine. It's Not perfect, but it's my home :)

If I may ask, what place really is "ideal for raising children?"

There's plenty of drugs, sex and general teenage ennui in suburbs all over the country, and nearly all public schools are suffering from lack of funding, and the blinkered absurdity of teaching to a test - these things do not just exist in Miami.

I think many act as if some mythical 1950s utopia with no crime, no drugs, everything safe and fairies/unicorns exists...it doesn't. I doubt that even existed in 1950.

You can't raise kids in a vacuum. Embrace it, own it, be an engaged parent and the kids may stand a chance, even in Miami. That's really all you can do. Thanks for hearing me out.

John Hoffman
John Hoffman

Inigo Hernandez-Ysasi Nicholas Garcia Graham Knaub All I read was the first sentence, but it appeared to be the highlights of miami.

Nancy Roberts ONeill
Nancy Roberts ONeill

Sad. It wasn't like that in the 50's and 60's. Glad I grew up in Miami then. Moved to NH to raise my kids. It was a good choice.

Andrew Kromholz
Andrew Kromholz

If you're a smart person you'll understand how poorly run of a city Miami is. Anyone that thinks different is probably spoiled, rich, and/or self absorbed. Of course you like miami when you party all week, and hang out in villas and yachts. For kids? It has all the wrong messages. Narcissism, plastic surgery, and status symbols like Mercedes.

Giselle Calejo
Giselle Calejo

I liked Miami..I was raised there. When I moved away, I realized how crappy it really is.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.....................a sustaining civilized community  environment with resources and security = period = that's "ideal for raising kids" 

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