Forbes ranks Twin Cities #1 for working moms

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MINNEAPOLIS -- This year's Forbes Magazine has ranked Minneapolis/St. Paul as the top city for working moms.

This year, the magazine says it placed greater emphasis on women's earnings. 

There are a number of factors that contribute to selecting a top city. The Twin Cities did exceptionally well with safety, health care and its number of local pediatricians. And based on expenditure per pupil and school systems, education standards helped land the top rank.

Cost of living is reasonable according to Forbes, which ranks high on the list of considerations. When it comes to employment, Minnesota's median household income is $57,000.

The report says that Minneapolis has the lowest violent crime rate of any major U.S. city. Also, the Twin Cities has the second-lowest unemployment rate at 6.4 percent.

The Twin Cities ousted New York for the top spot. New York is now listed at the eighth spot. Janine LaGreca, who's unemployed, moved from New York state 13 years ago, is a little surprised at the results.

"It is surprising to me, being someone that's looking for a job," LaGreca said. "But I've heard that Minnesota is a great place to live and work."

Pam Plagge, who was relaxing with her baby along Lake Calhoun Wednesday, says Minnesota gives women the opportunity to pursue several challeges simultaneously.

"As an educator, dancer and artist, I think the Twin Cities is a great place to be able to pursue working, being a performer and also raising a child."

Rounding out the top five list is D.C., Boston, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

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