I actually like some things about Kansas City: cost of living, affordable housing, some of the communities, the arts, etc. But when it comes to raising kids, that can make or break what I feel about a city. I remember getting a job offer from a city that had a pretty dismal outlook educationally. I know our education system in our urban core needs fixing, but at least there are viable options for a lot of students. Is KC, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee’s Summit some of the best places to raise kids – particularly black children? Depends on who you ask.
Did you see the report a while back on the worst place to raise black children? According to the study, the Midwest had a couple of states that were less than ideal – Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana to name a few – due to many factors including racial disparities, violence, and poverty . While no place is 100% safe or has everything, economics is an issue. The KIDS COUNT policy report “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children”, stated:
“Research has shown that growing up in chronic poverty contributes directly to stress at a level that can affect children’s health, brain development and social and emotional well-being — a response known as ‘toxic stress.”
It is so important we close the education and economic gaps that can cause our kids to suffer – no matter where we live. But if you’re curious –like me – where are the best places (supposedly) to raise black children? Peep the list!
Via Black Doctor 10 Best Cities To Raise Black Children:
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI. Currently there are 24. 8 million young African Americans living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Very promising.
9. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
8. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
7. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
6. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
5. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
4. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA
3. Oklahoma City, OK
2. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
1. Columbus, OH. Columbus, Ohio rounds out our list with the most young African Americans living with 28.9 million.
Am I the only one surprised at some of the cities on the list – and some that are missing? While I’d only live in on or two on this list, let’s make things the best we can for our kids – right here in our city! There are opportunities for mentorship, effective youth ministry, extracurricular activities, and educational experiences that can enhance our kids lives. We simply must do the work to find out where they are, how to connect our kids to them, and commit to excellence when rearing our Generation Now babies.