The Best (And Worst) States To Raise A Family


Anyone with kids will tell you that there are a lot of things to consider when deciding where you want to raise your family. While a lot of people may stick to the state they grew up in, they may do better moving to another state, and a new report reveals which ones they may want to consider.

  • WalletHub looked at all 50 states in the U.S., judging them on 50 different factors to determine which are the best and worst states in the country to raise a family.
  • They looked at such key factors as housing affordability, share of families with young children, quality of local schools, and healthcare, as well as if there are opportunities for fun and recreation.

So, what state should you pick up and move to if you want to do the best by your fam?

  • Well, for yet another year, Minnesota tops the list, with an overall score of 63.71 out of 100.
  • It gets high marks for health and safety, socioeconomic rank, and education and childcare.
  • When it comes to family fun, New York tops the list, while Vermont is tops for health and safety, North Dakota’s number one for education and childcare and socioeconomic rank and, New Jersey is the most affordable.

Top Ten Best States To Raise A Family In the U.S.

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. North Dakota
  4. Vermont
  5. New Hampshire
  6. New York
  7. New Jersey
  8. Nebraska
  9. Connecticut
  10. Washington

On the flipside, New Mexico is considered worst state in the U.S. to raise a family, with a total score of just 30.69, coming in dead last for education and childcare and in the bottom ten in all other categories.

The Ten Worst States To Raise A Family In the U.S.

  1. New Mexico
  2. Mississippi
  3. Louisiana
  4. West Virginia
  5. Alabama
  6. Arkansas
  7. Oklahoma
  8. South Carolina
  9. Georgia
  10. Arizona

Source:WalletHub