Report: Tennessee is not single mom friendly
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Just in time for Women’s History Month a new report suggests Tennessee’s largest cities are not very welcoming to single moms.
WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com has compiled a study ranking the Best and Worst Cities for Single Moms. The report looked at more than 20 metrics to rank 150 of the nation’s largest metro areas.
Tennessee did not fare well. Only Chattanooga managed to place in the top half of the list, coming in at number 74. Tennessee, Knoxville and Memphis all ranked among the worst cities in the U.S. for single mothers.
Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Middle Tennessee has one of the country’s lowest employment rates for single moms.
“So when we’re looking just at the percentage of employed single moms with children under 18 years old, only around 87 percent of them are. A lot of other cities on this list are actually closer to 100 percent, meaning that probably more ample working opportunities in some other cities.”
Gonzalez says Tennessee cities are plagued by some of the highest child care costs in the nation. She also notes that, compared to many other states, Tennessee provides very few state benefits to single moms.
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