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Mother dearest: Arizona city ranked top in US for single moms

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PHOENIX — If you’re a single mom, an Arizona city is the best place in the nation for you, a website said.

WalletHub considered which cities provide single moms with the best access to jobs, affordable housing and quality childcare.

After all was said and done, Scottsdale was found to be the best city in the nation for mothers raising children alone.

The Phoenix suburb did extremely well in WalletHub’s economic and social well-being rank, which is not shocking considering the city had the fourth-highest percentage of single moms who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.

Scottsdale fared decently in the site’s other factor for child friendliness. It came in at 41st overall.

Several other Phoenix-area cities were on the list.

Gilbert — which pays single moms the highest annual income (adjusted for cost of living) in the country — came in at 17th. The city also has the highest housing affordability for single moms.

Peoria and Chandler — which also boast a lot of affordable housing — followed close behind at 22nd and 23rd overall, while Tempe trailed in 56th.

Peoria, Gilbert and Chandler took up spots two through four on the list of the highest number of employed single moms with kids.

Glendale, Mesa and Phoenix were all farther down the list, with the latter coming in at 126th overall.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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