These Are The Best & Worst States To Raise A Family

There’s a lot to consider when deciding where you want to live when starting a family and some states make it easier than others. Some parents prefer to stay in the area they grew up in, while others like to move somewhere new and a new report reveals which states they may want to consider.

  • WalletHub has just come out with a new list of the Best and Worst States to Raise a Family in 2024.
  • They compared all 50 states on 50 key indicators of family-friendliness, in the categories of family fun, health and safety, education and childcare, affordability, and socioeconomics.
  • States were rated on everything from housing affordability to quality of local schools to median annual family income and the unemployment rate.
  • Based on all of this, Massachusetts is the best state to raise a family in 2024.
  • It comes in first for education and childcare, third for affordability and fifth for health and safety.
  • California, 27th overall, is number one for family fun, while North Dakota, second overall, is first for socioeconomics, and Minnesota, third overall, is number one for affordability.
  • At the other end of the list is New Mexico, making it the worst state in the country to raise a family, as it lands near the bottom in every category.

10 Best States to Raise A Family In 2024

  1. Massachusetts
  2. North Dakota
  3. Minnesota
  4. Nebraska
  5. New York
  6. Maine
  7. New Hampshire
  8. South Dakota
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Vermont

10 Worst States To Raise A Family In 2024

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

(Check out the full list here)

Source: WalletHub

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