2. Portland, Ore.
Most cities would be happy with access to Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Shriner's Hospital for Children on the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital campus and the lovely little aerial tram ride to each. That is not the Portland way. The folks who pay $234,000 on average to live in and around the facility enjoy the access to hundreds of OB/GYNs and doulas, but are a lot more hands-on when it comes to child care. Breastfeeding plays a big rule here, with 90% percent of new moms nursing and 27% doing so after six months. State laws allow nursing in public and require employers to give moms time to pump milk, while local restaurants provide changing tables in the bathroom and organic milk on the menu.
Once it's time for day care, Portland parents benefit from state laws requiring thorough background checks for caregivers.