American families with one or two working parents are located in every state. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 90 percent have one working parent, and 60 percent have two working parents. The Enterprises TV show relays the top five cities for working families.
Many families struggle to get to and from school and work with children. If a child is sick, one parent must stay home to care for him or her. Four states have family leave laws that require employers to give workers paid time off for family emergencies or childbirth: California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington). Some American cities are better places to live, work and raise a family than others. A recent report was conducted using criteria which included: cost of housing, average commute time, average childcare costs and graduation rate at local schools. Data was crunched and from it comes the top five states for American working families.
- Orem, Utah
- Wichita Falls, Texas
- Irvine, California
- Iowa City, Iowa
- Jonesboro, Arkansas
What placed these cities on the top of the list: low child care costs, good schools, low crime rate, short commute times, low rate of unemployment, better than average income, family-friendly policies, and high quality of life. When these points are factored in to family-work life balances, Enterprises TV notes that employees are happier and generally more loyal. Nothing is as stressful as knowing a family member is ill and having to go to work. Family is valuable. Family usually comes first. These five cities are great role models for the rest of America.