Are you looking to make a move in 2021? Before you start packing your bags, you’ll want to check out WalletHub’s findings on the best and worst states to raise a family.

Personal finance website, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 52 key indicators of family-friendliness, including housing affordability, life expectancy, annual family income, neighborhood support and unemployment rates. So who won out in the end?

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According to findings, the top 5 best states to live in are:


2. Minnesota

3. North Dakota

4. New York

5. Vermont


On the flip side, WalletHub also determined the lowest ranking states which include

50. New Mexico

49. Mississipi

48. West Virginia

47. Louisiana

46. Oklahoma


WalletHub coordinated with a panel of experts to discuss issues that include child development and how it’s influenced by the state a family lives in and what things to consider when setting down roots. The super detailed study compared all 50 states across five key dimensions: Family Fun,  Health and Safety, Education and Child Care, Affordability and Socio-economics.

Finally, WalletHub used 52 relevant metrics that was graded on a 100-point scale, with indicating the most favorable conditions for family life. The super detailed study can be fund on the WalletHub website.

––Karly Wood



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