Babies have it best in Portland, Ore.

January 23, 2008

A new survey by FitPregnancy magazine found that Portland, Ore. was the best place to raise a baby...

A new survey by FitPregnancy magazine found that Portland, Ore. was the best place to raise a baby.

The magazine selected 52 weighed categories from a variety of sources, including the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the American Medical Association. Access to hospitals, affordability, birthing options, breastfeeding, child care, fertility laws/resources, maternal and infant health risk, park/stroller friendliness, and safety were the overall considerations.

Each of the 50 ranked cities was given a detailed report card, listing the positive and negative statistics of living in each city -- including crime rate, cost, hospitals, parks, and day care availability.

The top ten cities were Portland, Ore. (#1), Minneapolis (#2), San Francisco (#3), Seattle (#4), Denver (#5), Boston (#6), Omaha, Neb. (#7), Virginia Beach, Va. (#8), Austin, Texas (#9), and Albuquerque, N.M. (#10).

Ranking at the bottom of the list were Fort Worth, Texas (#45), Philadelphia (#46), Long Beach (#47), Memphis (#48), Las Vegas (#49), and Detroit (#50).

For more information, visit www.fitpregnancy.com/bestcities2008.