How mom friendly is Houston as a city? See where it ranks in America
Just in time for Mother's Day, the Daily Beast has compiled a ranking of the 100 best and worst cities to be a mom in, with Houston coming in at a respectable but not cheer-worthy No. 44.
Daily Beast took the 100 largest cities in the nation, according to the 2009 Census.
Each city was ranked from No. 1 to 100 in five categories, including how many other mamas are around for playdates, the accessibility of child care, the quality of public education, the level of maternity care and how easy it is for moms to get pampered (for their purposes, "pampering" meant brunch and/or getting your hair did).
Houston scored in the 25th percentile for the number of moms per capita, 66th for child care, 68th for maternity care, 84th for pampering and scored just five out of a possible 10 for the quality of our education.
The best city to be a mama is Tampa, while the worst of all is Laredo.
2011 marks the second year the Daily Beast has compiled these rankings. Last year the website profiled 200 cities; Boise ranked No. 1; St. Paul, Minn., was No. 200 and Houston ranked No. 188 out of 200.