Fort Lauderdale Ranked Among Worst Cities for Families

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After receiving so many high marks on different rankings, this bit of news is kind of a bummer: Apparently, Fort Lauderdale is not an ideal place to raise a family.

This, according to WalletHub, a personal finance social network that ranked more than a hundred cities across the U.S. in its annual Worst Cities for Families study.

As far as raising your family, Fort Lauderdale is ranked an atrociously low 142 out of 150.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Named Third Most Affordable Summer Destination

Using a key metrics called "Haterade," WalletHub, was able to narrow down the rankings by calculating respective cities' crime rates, school system rankings, housing costs, and number or parks and museums per capita, among other variables.

"We compared each of the 150 largest cities in the U.S. based on 31 key metrics," Liana Arnold, communications director of WalletHub, told New Times, "in order to help families across the country identify the ideal location to put down roots."

And what they found doesn't bode well for Fort Lauderdale or, as real estate blog Movoto calls it, the seventh most exciting midsized city in America!

Ranking 1 through 150 -- with green meaning good and red meaning bad -- WalletHub placed Fort Lauderdale way down on the list, with Hialeah coming in just above it at 141.

Hialeah, incidentally, is the highest-ranking city in Florida. (Miami came in 149th.)

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WalletHub broke down Fort Lauderdale's metrics. And the findings weren't pretty.

Here's how Fort Lauderdale ranks among the individual metrics:

  • 137th for Activities & Fun
  • 121st for Health & Safety
  • 136th for Education & Childcare
  • 123rd for Affordability
  • 121st for Socio-Economic Environment

From WalletHub:

While obviously not perfect -- given the intrinsic value of each city, personal preferences, and the limitations of publicly available data -- the resulting rankings of 2014's Best & Worst Cities for Families will hopefully give prospective movers a sense of which areas offer the greatest opportunity to achieve wallet wellness and, of course, live a long and happy life.

Bottom line, Fort Lauderdale seems to rank high in things like greenest midsized city, best downtown, and even best city to park your car.

But as far as raising a family here, there are apparently 141 other cities that are better. At least according to this one study.

So, yes, you can definitely bring your family to vacation in Fort Lauderdale.

You just can't raise one there.

You can see the full rankings here.

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11 comments
acockup
acockup

Two pedestrians and one cyclist are hit every day, and that is accidents reported to the police, so you know the actual numbers are higher. Fort Lauderdale has come up with a unique solution to lower the numbers, they are harassing cyclist, trying to stop them from riding. On Tuesday a group of cyclist meet in a public park and were threatened with arrest, and having their cars towed, if they did not leave the parking lot. 

acockup
acockup

Two pedestrians and one cyclist are hit everyday, and that is accidents reported to the police, so you know the actual numbers are higher. Fort Lauderdale has come up with a unique solution to lower the numbers, they are harassing cyclist, trying to stop them from riding. On Tuesday a group of cyclist meet in a public park and were threatened with arrest, and having their cars towed, if they did not leave the parking lot. 

Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

This is a simple fail at journalism. The metrics were even done for you and you failed. That's what makes it comical

Rachel R Levy Lewis
Rachel R Levy Lewis

Pembroke Pines ranked 44th and there are a handful of other cities in Florida that ranked higher than Hialeah. Chris Joseph - Thank you for posting your scary piece bashing Fort Lauderdale, your journalism skills are truly incredible. Obviously, you need to learn how to read a simple list. As for your editor: Fire this person out of a cannon into the sun.

nickposh
nickposh

"Hialeah, incidentally, is the highest-ranking city in Florida?"  -  Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Cape Coral, Tally, Orlando, Tampa, St. Pete, and Jacksonville are all ranked higher than 141.

rrlevy272
rrlevy272

Pembroke Pines ranked 44th... Did you even read the list before you wrote this? 

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

I can't speak for the other cities but, having raised 4 children here I fully understand the thrust of the survey.  It is a daunting task. Generally poor public education system, racial divides, congestion, crime rates, below par public officials..  The city provided economic opportunity but had it to do over, I would do it somewhere else.

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