San Francisco’s expensive childcare costs extend to babysitting, according to a new study released by online nannying resource UrbanSitter. The company, which has more than 150,000 babysitters and nannies registered in its system, collected data from nearly 20,000 families across the nation to calculate rates and practices about hiring childcare.
The findings showed that once again, San Francisco tops the charts with expenses. The average hourly babysitting rate in The City is $17.34, making it the priciest city in the nation to hire child care professionals for the third year running. The nationwide average for an hour of babysitting is $15.20.
Through its poll, UrbanSitter also learned that 56 percent of parents spend at least $1,000 per year on babysitters and that nearly a third of parents hire sitters at least once a week.
Sixty-two percent of parents state that the competition to find a nanny is “very competitive,” and 47 percent of parents surveyed say they check references when hiring a new sitter.
The main reason for hiring a babysitter continues to be date night.
More interesting statistics on child care costs and babysitting trends can be found on UrbanSitter’s website here.