A recent report ranks Battle Creek the worst metro area in Michigan and one of the worst in the nation to raise children.  

Factors in this report from 247wallst.com include safety, school district quality and amenities.  Their ranking of the 25 worst metro areas to raise children in American puts Battle Creek at #22.

Pre-school enrollment: 43.4%
Graduation rate: 74.9%
Pop. with access to areas for activity: 70.3%
Violent crime rate: 559 per 100,000

Battle Creek is one of only two metro areas in the Midwest to rank among the worst places to raise children. Approximately 3 in every 4 high school students in the Michigan metro area graduate on time — well below the 83% graduation rate nationwide. The metro area is also relatively dangerous. There were 559 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2015, well above the 373 per 100,000 violent crime rate nationwide.

Tennessee, Florida, Texas, West Virginia and New Mexico had multiple cities land in the 25 worst cities.  Click here to check out the list.

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