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Is this any place for a family? Survey says Miami and Hialeah among the worst

A compilation of statistics by personal finance website WalletHub says Miami and Hialeah are two of the six worst U.S. cities for families.
A compilation of statistics by personal finance website WalletHub says Miami and Hialeah are two of the six worst U.S. cities for families.

Bullets kill children. The rent is too high. The cost of living keeps running away from wages.

No wonder the personal-finance site WalletHub ranked Miami as the sixth worst U.S. city for families and Hialeah as the fourth worst.

And the site didn’t even consider the constipated traffic on Northwest 103rd Street or the Zika fears in Wynwood and South Beach.

So what did WalletHub consider when ranking the 150 most populous U.S. cities?

▪ Family Fun (including but not limited to per capita number of playgrounds, skate parks, rinks, walkability)

▪  Health & Safety (air quality, violent crime, public hospital rankings, water quality per capita)

▪  Education and Child Care (including high school graduation rates, day-care quality, child-care costs)

▪ Affordability (housing and cost of living)

▪  Socioeconomic Environment (divorce rate, percentage of two-parent families, wealth gap, percent of families below the poverty level).

Unsurprisingly for those who just had to write out the rent or mortgage check, Miami and Hialeah ranked last and next to last, respectively, in Affordability. Miami’s Socioeconomic Environment score came home 144th. Hialeah trailed the nation in Family Fun, 150th out of 150, although Friday night family bongo parties weren’t ranked, so how is that fair?

Broward-ites should save their snickers and sneers. While Pembroke Pines, No. 34 overall, leads the region and the state, there’s nothing glowing about Fort Lauderdale’s No. 134.

Overland Park, Kansas, ranked No. 1. Madison, Wisconsin came in No. 2 despite the presence of the University of Wisconsin (famous for anything but family friendly parties). The three cities behind Hialeah: Detroit, San Bernardino, California, and Birmingham, Alabama.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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