Hometown Shame

It stinks to be a single mom in Houston according to this study

It stinks to be a single mom in Houston according to this study

Mom washing dishes while holding her baby
Being a single mom is hard. Apparently it's harder in Houston. iStock

Well, this is disheartening, especially if you’re a woman tackling child-rearing alone. List-loving finance site WalletHub recently determined the best and worst cities for single moms, and Houston ranks a dismal 114 out of 150.

For these rankings, data analysts compared the most populated U.S. cities across two key dimensions: single moms’ economic and social well-being, and child-friendly environment. The former includes metrics such as number of single mothers and their median annual income, babysitter costs, and housing affordability. The latter includes access to adequate childcare, as well as outdoor fun and access to parks.

Using these metrics, Houston ranks just behind Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City and just ahead of Oklahoma City and Chula Vista, California.

For moms’ economic and social well-being, Houston comes in at No. 124. Its child-friendly environment lands at a comparatively better 76.  (The first is weighted much more heavily in the overall rankings.)

Among Texas cities, Plano ranked the best, at No. 11, followed by Austin at No. 40, Lubbock at No. 60 and Amarillo at No. 80.

Among the worst, Dallas at No. 133, Fort Worth at No. 138 and Laredo at No. 144.

Where are single moms living large? In Scottsdale, Arizona; Madison, Wisconsin; and Fremont, California. San Bernardino, California, ranks dead last.