Motherhood, although incredibly rewarding, can be tough - especially if you’re going at it without a partner.

If you’re a single mom, a huge chunk (or sometimes all) of the responsibility of raising your kid lies on you. Without a supportive family, friends, and/or community network, it can feel impossible to do it alone.

According to the lawn care company LawnStarter, some cities set single mothers up for success better than others. So how do cities in Upstate New York fare? 

LawnStarter analyzed 200 large cities in the United States, using a variety of metrics like affordability, safety, available child care, community support, quality education, and health care. 

According to their list, three cities in the state of New York measured up to be great places for single moms to consider raising their kids. 

Buffalo, New York Is The Best City In New York State For Single Moms

According to LawnStarter’s list, Buffalo, New York is the best city for single moms in the entire state, ranking number 10 out of all 200 places analyzed throughout the country. 

Close behind was Rochester, New York in the number 11 spot, followed by Syracuse, New York at number 15. 

All three cities had high rankings regarding home and outdoor space, work-life balance, and community support.

Additionally, Buffalo also had high rankings in these metrics:

  • Availability of Job Protection in Paid Family Leave Policy  - 1st
  • Cost of Living - 6th
  • Uninsured Rate for Women - 10th
  • Single Moms per 100,000 Residents - 15th
  • Share of Residents Within 10-Minute Walk of a Park - 25th
  • Child Care Workers per 100,000 Residents - 26th

Do you agree or disagree that Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse are great cities for single moms to raise their kids?

See the complete list of 2023’s Best Cities For Single Moms here

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