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These Are the Easiest Cities to Find a Valentine's Day Babysitting Job

We used Care.com data to find out which cities are the easiest to get hired on Valentine's Day -- and how much you could make.

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According to 2016 Care.com data, Valentine's Day was the second-most popular night for parents to post babysitting jobs (right after New Year's Eve). This means that Valentine's Day should rank pretty high on every sitter's list of favorite holidays, since it presents them with an excellent opportunity to make some extra cash -- and a lot of it, depending on where they live.

We decided to dig a little deeper into this data to figure out which cities offer the best opportunities for babysitters to "make bank" on Valentine's Day. Here's what we found.


The 10 Easiest Places to Get a Valentine's Day Babysitting Job

First, we ranked 37 cities based on how easy -- or hard -- it is for a babysitter to get hired for a Valentine's Day babysitting job. Here are the 10 easiest places to find a babysitting job on the big day:

"Easiest City to

Find a Job" Rank          

City Name
1 Cincinnati, OH
2 Portland, OR
3 Riverside, CA
4 Minneapolis, MN
5 Charlotte, NC
6 Columbus, OH
7 Pittsburgh, PA
8 Raleigh, NC
9 Sacramento, CA
10 Detroit, MI


How Much Could Babysitters Make on Valentine's Day?

Once we determined where babysitters would have the easiest time landing Valentine's Day babysitting gigs, we decided to figure out how much they could make in each city. To do this, we first looked at the average hourly rates offered for Valentine's Day babysitting jobs in each of the 37 cities. Based on that number, we then calculated the amount of money a babysitter in each city could expect to make for five hours of work.

Want to see how your city stacked up against the rest? Take a look at the table below:

"Easiest City

to Find a Job" Rank   

City Name Average Hourly Rate    

Earnings After

5 Hours of Work

1

Cincinnati, OH

$12.75 $64
2 Portland, OR $12.25 $61
3 Riverside, CA $13.31 $67
4 Minneapolis, MN $13.10 $66
5 Charlotte, NC $12.29 $61
6 Columbus, OH $12.14 $61
7 Pittsburgh, PA $15.36 $77
8 Raleigh, NC $11.31 $57
9 Sacramento, CA  $13.40 $67
10 Detroit, MI $12.73 $64
11 Denver, CO $13.20 $66
12 Jacksonville, FL   $11.92 $60
13 Seattle, WA $14.15 $71
14 San Francisco, CA $16.04 $80
15 St. Louis, MO $12.20 $61
16 Atlanta, GA $13.86 $69
17 Tampa, FL $13.49 $67
18 Cleveland, OH $11.88 $59
19 Buffalo, NY $12.66 $63
20 Virginia Beach, VA $12.93 $65
21 San Jose, CA $14.60 $73
22 Las Vegas, NV $12.06 $60
23 Phoenix, AZ $13.03 $65
24 Dallas, TX $13.08 $65
25 Orlando, FL $12.30 $62
26 Baltimore, MD $15.45 $77
27 Houston, TX $12.86 $64
28 Chicago, IL $13.36 $67
29 San Antonio, TX  $12.18 $61
30 Austin, TX $12.66 $63
31 Washington, D.C. $14.48 $72
32 San Diego, CA $14.47 $72
33 Boston, MA $15.38 $77
34 Philadelphia, PA  $13.86 $69
35 Los Angeles, CA $15.30 $76
36 Miami, FL $13.69 $68
37 New York, NY $14.38 $72

 

Methodology

This study gathered data from 37 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) on the number of babysitting jobs posted on Valentine's Day and the weekend before Valentine's Day in 2017. Each city is ranked based on the number of babysitting jobs compared to the number of babysitters applying, so the top ranked cities have the most jobs available per babysitter. The average hourly rate is the average rate offered by families in their job postings in each city. Using that number, we were able to determine the total amount of money a babysitter could expect to earn for five hours of work on Valentine’s Day.

 

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