The Child Opportunity Index (COI), designed by Brandeis University in Massachusetts, measures 29 neighborhood conditions including proximity to early care and education, high school graduation rates, high-skill employment, housing vacancy rates and poverty levels.
The study compared metro areas by the levels of opportunity they offer, and measured how those opportunities differ by race and ethnicity.
It found that Los Angeles and Orange counties ranked as the 17th worst U.S. metropolitan areas in the nation to raise children, according to the index.
Nearby Riverside was fifth-worst, while Bakersfield sits at the very bottom of the list, with more than 20% of families living in poverty and 12% of workers commuting at least two hours each day.
For the full break down check out the COI’s website.