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Baby Bump: Best Cities to Have a Baby

You may have hometown pride, but does your city cut it when it comes to raising a baby?

Fit Pregnancy magazine just announced its list of Best American Cities to Have a Baby. Portland slid into the most coveted spot followed by Minneapolis and San Francisco (home of Sugar HQ).

The cities were judged on specific criteria, the press release said:

Fit Pregnancy set out to determine what makes a city most advantageous for pregnant women, new parents, and babies, and to commend cities that provide a safe and healthy environment in which to have a baby. The magazine examined 50 criteria, including fertility services, maternal and infant health risk, access to hospitals and doctors, safety, affordability, stroller friendliness, and birthing options.

To see the entire top 10 list and the accolades awarded to other cities,


1. Portland
2. Minneapolis
3. San Francisco
4. Seattle
5. Denver
6. Boston
7. Omaha
8. Virginia Beach
9. Austin
10. Albuquerque

Best Access to Hospitals and Doctors: Baltimore
Most Affordable City: Columbus
City With the Lowest Medical Costs: Jacksonville, FL
City With the Lowest Health Risk: Minneapolis
Safest City: Virginia Beach
Best City For Parks/Strollers: Virginia Beach
Best City For Breastfeeding: San Diego
Best City For Fertility Services: Chicago
Best City For Child Care: Baltimore
City With the Most Birthing Options: San Diego


Join The Conversation
Darling-Nicki Darling-Nicki 9 years
yay mpls!! Now if only i could get preggers.....:(
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I live in Jacksonville FL! I didn't realize we had low medical costs. Hmmm...Interesting
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 9 years
Go Portland! cant wait to have a baby here :)
HellooQueen HellooQueen 9 years
As for safest....we're not safe. We have so many bad areas, and the cities around us are dangerous like Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, and Newport News. We have 7 cities linked together that make up one large area, Hampton Roads. I demand a recount. What other 50 cities were in the running?
HellooQueen HellooQueen 9 years
lol I live in Virginia Beach. I say we have probably clean hospitals for babies, but as for parks...we only have one big one! It is called Mt. Trashmore, and as you guessed it, it is made from a former dump. We have smaller parks, but they're not in every neighborhood like I saw in Topeka and whatnot.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Hmm. I live in the southbay. does that count? lol and I lived in San diego. wouldn't mind raising a kid there.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
Oh, wow, my hometown is on the list!!! XD
Neural Neural 9 years
Hmmm... I was once engaged to a man who lives in Minnesota and now has is raising his daughter in The Cities, so we'll pretend that I'm in one of the best cities-by-association. :)
Supermom Supermom 9 years
Yeah for Albuquerque!
alllacedup alllacedup 9 years
Denver doesn't surprise me for being on the list. It's a pretty health conscious city. Well Colorado is pretty health conscious anyways!
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
Finally, a midwestern state is on some kind of list on Sugar. I don't live in Minn., but I live in Wisc. so I am close, and I like to think that somethings carry over!
sweetk8ty76 sweetk8ty76 9 years
Some of those are a bit surprising to me.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Portland? Hmm...dunno about that. The place is always so gray and rainy...i grew up close by, so i know. :D I want my kids to live in a sunny state...that's why im in California now.
tati33 tati33 9 years
san francisco & san diego eh? :)
katiekat katiekat 9 years
Go Mn! It's nice to have good things written about our cold city!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I just had a baby in Denver and had a fantastic experience from my OB to labor and delivery at the hospital. And also had a good experience with my fertility clinic.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
ummm best city for breast feeding??? who comes up with these?
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