NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Looking for a good place to settle down and raise a family? Don't move to the Gulf States. According to WalletHub, eight of the 10 worst cities for families are located in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Life is vastly different than it was in the 1950s, when suburbia popped up across the country. Cities and towns across the country look different and families have different needs when considering a place to call home. Some have evolved to match today's family values, while others seem to be stuck in the past.

WalletHub examined the 150 most populated cities in the U.S. for the best examples where today's essential family necessities can best be met. WalletHub took into account 30 key metrics such as: "the relative cost of housing, the quality of local school and health care systems, and the opportunities for fun and recreation."

Choosing a place to live depends on work opportunity as well as personal preference. WalletHub's report analyzes the best and worst cities for families.

Here are WalletHub's 10 worst cities for families in America. And when you're done be sure to check out the best cities for families.

WalletHub Sources: the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Child Care Aware of America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Council for Community and Economic Research, the Trust for Public Land, the Environmental Working Group, Sharecare, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Partnership for Women & Families, Tripadvisor, CoreLogic and WalletHub research.


10. Washington, D.C.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 129

Health and Safety Rank: 113
Education and Child Care Rank: 145
Affordability Rank: 83
Socioeconomic Environment: 126

Our nation's capital has a population of approximately 659,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for the District of Columbia for the five years through 2013 was $65,830. Roughly 19% of the population fall below the poverty level.


9. New Orleans, La.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 76

Health and Safety Rank: 105
Education and Child Care Rank: 134
Affordability Rank: 140
Socioeconomic Environment: 130

New Orleans has a population of approximately 384,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for New Orleans for the five years through 2013 was $37,146, lower than Louisiana's median household income of $44,874. Roughly 27% of the population fall below the poverty level.


8. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 145

Health and Safety Rank: 141
Education and Child Care Rank: 70
Affordability Rank: 126
Socioeconomic Environment: 118

Fort Lauderdale has a population of approximately 174,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Fort Lauderdale for the five years through 2013 was $49,119, higher than Florida's median household income of $46,956. Roughly 21% of the population fall below the poverty level.

Fort Lauderdale was ranked the third lowest city with kids under the age of 18.


7. Shreveport, La.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 116

Health and Safety Rank: 103
Education and Child Care Rank: 134
Affordability Rank: 116
Socioeconomic Environment: 136

Shreveport has a population of approximately 174,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Shreveport for the five years through 2013 was $38,633, lower than Louisiana's median household income of $44,874. Roughly 21.5% of the population fall below the poverty level.


6. Mobile, Ala.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 131
Health and Safety Rank: 96
Education and Child Care Rank: 141
Affordability Rank: 112
Socioeconomic Environment: 134

Mobile has a population of approximately 195,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Mobile county for the five years through 2013 was $43,028, roughly equal to Alabama's median household income of $43,250. About 20% of the population fall below the poverty level.


5. Baton Rouge, La.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 103

Health and Safety Rank: 128
Education and Child Care Rank: 134
Affordability Rank: 117
Socioeconomic Environment: 141

Baton Rouge has a population of approximately 229,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Baton Rouge for the five years through 2013 was $38,593, lower than Louisiana's median household income of $44,874. About 25% of the population fall below the poverty level.


4. Miami
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 136
Health and Safety Rank: 133
Education and Child Care Rank: 70
Affordability Rank: 149
Socioeconomic Environment: 135

Miami has a population of approximately 430,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Miami-Dade County for the five years through 2013 was $43,100, lower than Florida's median household income of $46,956. About 20% of the population fall below the poverty level.

Miami tied with Newark, N.J. to rank as the city with the fifth least affordable housing. It also had the third lowest median family salary adjusted for the cost of living, said WalletHub.


3. Detroit, Mich.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 95

Health and Safety Rank: 146
Education and Child Care Rank: 138
Affordability Rank: 119
Socioeconomic Environment: 146

Detroit has a population of approximately 680,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Detroit for the five years through 2013 was $26,325, lower than Michigan's median household income of $48,411. A whopping 39% of the population fall below the poverty level.

Detroit ranked the fourth lowest city in terms of median family salary adjusted for cost of living and had the highest crime per capita as well as the highest percentage of families below the poverty level. In addition, the city had the second highest divorce rate of the 150 cities analyzed by WalletHub.


2. Birmingham, Ala.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 141

Health and Safety Rank: 138
Education and Child Care Rank: 141
Affordability Rank: 132
Socioeconomic Environment: 147

Birmingham has a population of approximately 212,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Birmingham for the five years through 2013 was $31,445, lower than Alabama's median household income of $43,253. About 30% of the population fall below the poverty level.

Birmingham ranked third highest city in terms of divorce rate.


1. Jackson, Miss.
Family Activities and Fun Rank: 88

Health and Safety Rank: 148
Education and Child Care Rank: 146
Affordability Rank: 138
Socioeconomic Environment: 148

Jackson, Miss., ranked the worst city for families on WalletHub's list. The city has a population of approximately 171,000, according to 2014 Census data. The median household income for Jackson for the five years through 2013 was $32,708, lower than Mississippi's median household income of $39,031. About 30% of the population fall below the poverty level.


 

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