Infographic: “What Moms Want This Mother’s Day” (Teleflora survey conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces on the “Top 10 Mom-Friendly Cities” and Mother’s Day gifting trends.)

New Study Reveals Top Cities for Moms and Mother’s Day Gifting Tips

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sperling’s BestPlaces has partnered with Teleflora to announce the nation’s “Top 10 Mom-Friendly Cities.” San Jose, California is the clear front-runner offering the best quality of life for moms and raising a family. The survey found that the Silicon Valley city outranks all others with the most robust “mom-friendly” lifestyle offerings like readily-available child care and day care, pediatric physicians and family fun. San Jose may outrank all other cities on the Mom-meter, but it also has the distinct honor of ironically being the city to outrank all others for forgetting mom on Mother’s Day.

The Top 10 Mom-Friendly Cities in America 2015 are:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Milwaukee, WI
  3. Raleigh, NC
  4. Cincinnati, OH
  5. Washington, DC; Arlington/Alexandria, VA
  6. Columbus, OH
  7. Baltimore, MD
  8. Boston, MA
  9. Honolulu, HI
  10. San Francisco-Oakland, CA
    Northern California cities took the #1 and #10 spots making California the “Mom-Friendliest State.” Ohio came in a close second.

What Moms Want for Mother’s Day (May 10, 2015)

When it comes to what moms really want for Mother’s Day, Sperling’s BestPlaces asked about ideal gifts and celebrations. According to moms across America, her #1 desired gift is flowers and spending time with family at brunch or dinner, versus receiving a card in the mail.

  • 50% of moms want flowers and brunch or dinner with their family.
  • 24% of moms would like a handmade gift.
  • 16% of moms prefer a spa visit.
  • 10% of moms are happy with a Mother’s Day card.

In the debate over what flowers to buy mom, the survey easily uncovered that moms prefer a mixed floral arrangement filled with a variety of the season’s freshest blooms as compared to a dozen roses.

  • 41% prefer a mixed floral bouquet with the season’s freshest blooms.
  • 26% would like a flowering plant.
  • 18% selected a bouquet with roses.
  • 15% want a Mother’s Day bouquet with lilies.

Mother’s Day Forget Me Not!

As a nation, more than 80% say that their mom is “always remembered on Mother’s Day.” There are some exceptions to the rule, however, with nearly 20% openly sharing that they have forgotten Mother’s Day at some time in the past.

The Top 10 Cities that “Forgot a Mother’s Day” are:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Cincinnati, OH
  3. Milwaukee, WI
  4. Austin, TX
  5. Las Vegas, NV
  6. Minneapolis, MN
  7. Kansas City, MO
  8. Raleigh, NC
  9. San Francisco, CA
    (Tie) Honolulu, HI; Denver; CO; Phoenix, AZ; and San Antonio, TX

 

Other Fun Facts:

54% of moms across the nation say that they would like to be gifted at any time for Mother’s Day. One exception is moms in Oklahoma; where 70% of moms stated they want to receive their Mother’s Day flowers on the actual day.
Californians spend the most in the nation with an average order of more than $40 on gifts of flowers and plants.

 

Don’t forget to “Celebrate Mom” – Sunday, May 10, 2015!

Data analyzed for the ranking, compiled by Sperling’s BestPlaces took into consideration the volume of child care and day care centers in each city; KinderCare, Creative Learning and Knowledge Beginnings Centers; OBGYN and pediatric physicians; family fun centers, shopping malls, baby and toy stores; Boys and Girls Clubs; parks and playgrounds, as well as factored in the percent of households with children across the nation’s top 50 cities.

 

About Sperling’s BestPlaces
Bert Sperling has been helping people find their own “Best Place” to live, work and retire for 30 years. His research firm, Sperling’s BestPlaces, puts Bert’s insights and facts in the hands of the public so they can make better decisions about best places to live, work, retire, play, or relocate. His bestselling books “Cities Ranked and Rated” and “Best Places to Raise Your Family” are published by John Wiley & Sons. More information about Bert and his work is available at www.bestplaces.net