Jonesboro is ranked the fifth-best city for working parents in America, according to a newly released report by SmartAsset, a financial technology company that provides personal finance advice.
SmartAsset’s rankings, which rated Jonesboro seventh a year ago, highlighted the city’s affordable child-care and nursery costs. It says affordable childcare is more important than ever, and that costs have increased nationwide by 39 percent nationwide over the past decade. Jonesboro’s is among the lowest.
“It pleases me to be acknowledged among the best cities in America in yet another study,” Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said. “But we are still just cutting our teeth on all the quality of life plans we have in store. We have so many people invested in Jonesboro, and if we all pull together, I think you’ll see us ranked No. 1 in studies like this before long.”
Average cost of childcare in Jonesboro ranges from $5,000-$6,000, less than half the price in places like Minnesota and Massachusetts. The report cited Jonesboro’s low unemployment and strong economy.
Orem, Utah, topped the list – citing the city of 98,000’s quality of life, strong employment and short commute time. Wichita Falls, Texas, ranked second largely because of affordable housing and high school graduation rates.
Irvine, California, and Iowa City, Iowa, were third and fourth largely because of their higher education opportunities.
Jonesboro ranked just ahead of Columbia, Missouri, another university city with low unemployment and affordable housing, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a city with a strong economy and relatively low housing prices.
Palo Alto, California; Provo, Utah; and Edmond, Oklahoma, rounded out the top 10. For more information, go online to smartasset.com.