Study ranks best Michigan cities to raise a family

WP_20150509_053A new study released this week looked at 104 cities in Michigan and ranked them based on which are the best for raising a family.

The study was conducted by Wallethub, a personal finance website. It looked at factors including the number of family activities, school system quality, safety, and socioeconomic status in each city.

Officials with the website say they chose Michigan because of its high concentration of two-parent families.

Jill Gonzalez is an analyst for Wallethub. She said of the 104 cities Flint was ranked 97th.

“Especially when it comes to that separation and divorce rate about 45% of parent families there are separated or divorced, that’s one of the highest rates that we saw. And more families are living below the poverty line in FLint when compared to other cities.”

Gonzalez said Traverse City, which was within the top twenty, got a boost from the high number of family activities available in the city.

Other cities in the top 50 include Mount Pleasant, Bay City, and Sault Sainte Marie.