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Babysitter prices are on the rise (CNN) Babysitter prices are on the rise (CNN)
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A night out on the town is getting more expensive, especially for parents.

A new survey by UrbanSitter found the cost of babysitters is on the rise.

Hourly rates for babysitters range from about $11 to nearly $20 per hour.

The site surveyed 10,000 families and found that New York and Denver were the least expensive of the nine cities surveyed.

UrbanSitter CEO Lynn Perkins said one reason for rising costs is that parents are increasingly using college students rather than high school students for child care.

Perkins said the most interesting statistic to hear was that the top perk for hiring a sitter is getting to finish an adult conversation.

The survey also checked prices for mothers' helpers and nannies.

Perkins said mothers' helpers tend to be younger, and help while the parent is in the home.

They top out at $13 per hour, according to the survey.

About 62 percent of those surveyed pay more than $20,000 each year for a nanny.

About 28 percent of parents said they wouldn't consider a male child care provider, but the number of people opposed to the idea is down from last year.

All in all, it seems the grown-up time is worth the money. One-third of parents said they do date nights once per week.

About half of parents also offer food in the fridge to their babysitters, and 40 percent tip but only 16 percent offer a ride home.

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