Forbes Releases Top Cities for Working Moms

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va -- The U.S. is no doubt one of the best places in the world for career women looking to excel in their careers.

But just where in the U.S. is the best place for working mothers?

Forbes Magazine recently examined the best cities for working mothers and their families to call home.

The magazine took a close look at 50 of the largest metropolitan cities in the country to come up with their list.

The publication's editors looked at what working mothers consider as top priorities for their families. While job opportunity and earnings potential ranked high, other factors included education and health care.

The top 10 cities that made the list include the following:

  • Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartfort, Conn.
  • Pittsbugh, Penn.
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.
  • Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Boston-Cambridge, Quincy, Mass.-N.H.
  • Washington,D.C. - Arlington, Alexandria, Va.
  • Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio

Las Vegas made the list as the least attractive city for working mothers.

The Hampton Roads region of Virginia, which ranked in the top five, attracts tourists from all over the world to the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront.

The area also gets high marks for other reasons especially important to working mothers.

Kita Graham, a working mom, and her husband relocated their family to the area nearly two years ago. As Christians, they prayed about the best possible place to raise their two kids.

"I think it's a blessing that God led us here to this area because family is first and foremost in our lives," Graham told CBN News.

While job opportunity and earnings potential ranked high in the Forbes study, factors like education and health care for families also play a big part.

"We just kept praying that God would lead us to a place where there are great schools, great neighborhoods that were safe, and also that we had great hospitals," Graham explained.

Prior to moving to Hampton Roads, Graham worked in higer education at a community college. She said the region's job market offered her an even greater opportunity in her career field.

"There's a lot of opportunities within this immediate area, including some of the more prominent universities such as Regent University, which is where I work," she said.

The area has plenty to see and do together for a little family time.

"On stressful days, we can go along the oceanfront or some of the more scenic areas and just kind of take a leisure walk and take advantage of the pretty mild weather throughout the year," Graham explained.

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