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Top 10 best cities for working moms: Ohio leads the pack

The top 10 cities for working moms include New Orleans and Hartford, Conn., with three cities from Ohio on the list. Forbes Magazine crunched the numbers to figure out which areas were best by ranking highest job opportunities, cost of childcare, crime rates, healthcare, earning potential, cost of living and even commute times.

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The top 10 list of best cities for working mothers includes cities from all over the country, with Columbus, OH, ranking first. Taylor Baker stops to say hello to her five-month-old daughter, Graesyn Steinkoenig, Jan. 26, 2012, at Cummins Childcare Center in Columbus, Ind., a state where its capital, Indianapolis, came in at number 13 on the Forbes list.

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Women seeking the best place to work and raise children in the United States may want to head to Ohio, where three of its cities have been voted among the 10 best for working mothers.

Columbus topped the ranking by Forbes, edging past New Orleans and Hartford, Connecticut and their surrounding areas. Cincinnati and its suburb of Middletown came in fourth, just ahead of Providence and neighboring towns in Rhode Island.

With a population of 1.8 million, Columbus scored high marks for its higher than average salaries for women, who make up 44 percent of the city's workforce.

The city also boasts a jobless rate of 5.7 percent, much lower than the national 7.8 percent, and good schools and childcare, according to Forbes.

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