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(Forbes Woman) The Best Cities For Working Mothers, 2012


Columbus, Ohio has reached new heights: trumping last year’s top metropolis, Buffalo, New York, as 2012’s best city for working mothers. The city, which also lands in the top ranks of FORBES best cities for business and careers, safest and most-wired cities, is home to more than 1.8 million and boasts higher than average salaries for women, who account for over 44% of the workforce Pair the excellent unemployment rate (just 5.7 to the national average of 7.8) with an affordable but impressive (think great schools, childcare and doctors) quality of living makes the city an attractive locale for savvy working moms. Not surprisingly, as entrepreneurial activity has been on the uptick, women-led firms are taking root there as well. Tech Columbus, a members-only resource for tech entrepreneurs in the Columbus metro area has seen an uptick in women-led ventures and has instituted a new series for women in technology.

To determine the rankings we began with the largest 50 metropolitan areas by population. From that point we stopped to consider that “best” means different things to different moms—from the cost of a gallon of milk to avoiding an hour long commute. Job opportunity and high earnings potential are, of course, critical, and so we tracked women’s weekly earnings from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A successful career is on the top of every working woman’s wish list.
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