LA, Ventura, San Diego Top List of Best Cities for Moms

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As Mother’s Day approaches, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the real estate market through the lens of motherhood to help you learn where you can find the best cities for moms.

What kinds of things might mom look for in a home? For this analysis, we decided to focus on fun, relaxation, easy entertainment for the kids, and books. We pored through 300,000 homes for sale across 25 metro areas around the country looking for for-sale listings that had hot tubs for a relaxing soak at the end of the day, nearby parks where the kids can burn off their energy without tearing up the house, were close to shopping so mom can take a break and have some fun, or had a library close by where kids and moms can expand their knowledge.

To generate the lists below we calculated the percentage of listings in each region that had hot tubs, nearby parks, shopping, or libraries, then the cities and neighborhoods were ranked by their total percentage in all four categories to create an overall mom-friendly rating.

The area with the most mom-friendly homes was Los Angeles, where 5.2% of listings had a hot tub, 12.5% were near a park, 13.5% had convenient shopping, and 4.7% were near libraries. Here are the top ten:

Top 10 Best Cities for Moms:

Rank Metro Area Hot Tubs Parks Shopping Libraries
1 Los Angeles, CA 5.2% 12.5% 13.5% 4.7%
2 Ventura, CA 4.3% 13.7% 11.1% 6.4%
3 San Diego, CA 5.6% 11.3% 12.9% 4.8%
4 Seattle, WA 5.1% 13.3% 11.3% 1.9%
5 Philadelphia, PA 4.4% 8.3% 15.1% 2.8%
6 San Jose, CA 2.8% 9.7% 14.1% 2.9%
7 Denver, CO 4.8% 14.6% 8.0% 1.6%
8 Chicago, IL 4.1% 10.5% 9.9% 2.1%
9 Sacramento, CA 1.7% 11.8% 10.7% 1.1%
10 Inland Empire, CA 3.6% 6.6% 12.5% 2.1%

Of course, within a given metro area there can be a lot of variations, so we also broke down the analysis by zip code to find the most mom-friendly neighborhoods in the country. The number one neighborhood was also in Los Angeles: 15% of the homes in Playa Vista had hot tubs, a whopping 60% were near parks, 15% were close to shopping, and 30% were near a library.

Here are the top 15 neighborhoods for moms across the country:

Top 15 Best Neighborhoods for Moms:

Rank Zip Code(s) Neighborhood(s) / Town Metro Area Hot Tubs Parks Shopping Libraries
1 90094 Playa Vista Los Angeles 15% 60% 15% 30%
2 90601 Whittier Los Angeles 13% 32% 29% 3%
3 94402 Aragon / Baywood / Highlands San Francisco Bay Area 19% 23% 12% 15%
4 92673 North San Clemente Orange County 15% 18% 21% 11%
5 90815, 90803, 90802 Long Beach Los Angeles 15% 22% 16% 5%
6 19025 Dresher Philadelphia 11% 11% 30% 4%
7 92506 Victoria / Canyon Crest Inland Empire 12% 14% 14% 13%
8 91791 West Covina Los Angeles 13% 13% 23% 3%
9 76006 Oak Creek Dallas 13% 13% 18% 4%
10 92127 Black Mountain Ranch San Diego 11% 15% 16% 4%
11 90266 Manhattan Beach Los Angeles 14% 14% 11% 6%
12 91107 East Pasadena Los Angeles 13% 10% 10% 10%
13 02143 Prospect Hill / Spring Hill Boston 15% 10% 10% 5%
14 91914 Rolling Hills Ranch San Diego 11% 14% 11% 4%
15 80439 Evergreen Denver 10% 11% 11% 4%

In closing, we present for your enjoyment Mr. T’s classic ode to mothers:

Happy Mother’s Day!

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