Fit Pregnancy magazine compiled again data for the 50 US cities with the largest population, for its 2007 “Best Cities in America to Have a Baby” survey. 47 weighted categories, selected by a panel of experts, have been analyzed, using the most recent information available from government agencies, private foundations, professional associations and public databases. The 2007 Fit Pregnancy survey ranked Boston on the top spot, followed by San Francisco and Minneapolis. The winner of the 2006 survey, Portland, moved on the fourth place.
So if you want to start a family or simply intend to have another child, take a look at the rankings below.
Second place one year ago, Boston received high marks for its low percent of pregnant women to smoking during pregnancy, the low maternal mortality rate and very low infant mortality rates for Massachusetts. However, Boston is 20 percent less affordable than average for cities in the survey.
2. San Francisco
California has among the most generous family-leave and disability laws in the survey. San Francisco babies are 25 percent less likely than average to be born with low birth weight and air quality there - linked to childhood asthma and fertility rates, among other things - is better than most cities in the survey.
In Minneapolis there are more advanced fertility clinics per capita than average. Many Minneapolis mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for 6 months or longer, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Here is the full list of the 50 American cities included in the survey:
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