These Are the Best (& Worst) States to Raise a Family, According to WalletHub

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Are you looking to make a move in 2022? 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 51 key indicators of family-friendliness, including housing affordability, childcare costs, violent crime, annual family income, neighborhood support and unemployment rates. So who won out in the end?

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

1. Massachusetts

2. New York

3. Vermont

4. Minnesota

5. Nebraska


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

50. Mississippi

49. New Mexico

48. Louisiana

47. South Carolina

46. Oklahoma

WalletHub coordinated with a panel of experts to discuss issues that include child development, 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 51 relevant metrics that was graded on a 100-point scale, indicating the most favorable conditions for family life. The study can be found on the WalletHub website.

––Karly Wood & Shelley Massey

photo: Christian Stahl via Unsplash



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