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Tucson ranked among the worst cities in the U.S. to raise a family

A view of the skyline in Tucson, Arizona.
Posted at 6:46 AM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 09:57:31-04

A new study from Walltethub gives us a better idea of how family-friendly many major cities are and unfortunately, the Old Pueblo doesn't rank high on list.

The study compared more than 180 U.S. cities based on different categories that considered essential family dynamics, such as the cost of housing, the quality of local school and health-care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation. 

Research finds that Gilbert is the best place in the state based on affordability, health and safety and socioeconomics for families.

Scottsdale, Chandler and Peoria are not too far behind -- ranking in the top 20 cities.

Tucson ranked 142nd out of 182 because of education, child care, affordability and health and safety. The Old Pueblo did however rank high for family fun and socioeconomics.

Here's how Arizona cities ranked on the list from best to worst: 

  • 10.) Gilbert, AZ
  • 14.) Scottsdale, AZ
  • 19.) Chandler, AZ
  • 20.) Peoria, AZ
  • 77.) Mesa, AZ
  • 81.) Tempe, AZ
  • 106.) Phoenix, AZ
  • 130.) Glendale, AZ
  • 142.) Tucson, AZ