Spring is upon us and when I think of spring, I think of pastels, sunshine, and babies. Baby animals, baby chocolate candies, and baby humans. As someone who is recently married, raising a family is the next “big” step. With that in mind, it’s always interesting to see where the best places to raise a family are. WalletHub has compiled a list of the best and worst states to raise a family in 2020. They measured all 50 states across five key dimensions, including:  1) Family Fun, 2) Health & Safety, 3) Education & Child Care, 4) Affordability and 5) Socio-economics. Then, those dimensions were measued across 50 relevant metrics

Best states to raise a family

  1. Minnesota

  2. Massachusetts

  3. North Dakota

  4. Vermont

  5. New Hampshire

  6. New York

  7. New Jersey

  8. Nebraska

  9. Connecticut

  10. Washington

Worst states to raise a family

  1. New Mexico

  2. Mississippi

  3. Louisiana

  4. West Virginia

  5. Alabama

  6. Arkansas

  7. Oklahoma

  8. South Carolina

  9. Georgia

  10. Arizona

Want to know more? Here’s a few more interesting breakdowns with this study, again, complements of WalletHub

Highest median family salary (adjusted for income)

  1. Minnesota

  2. Virginia

  3. New Jersey

  4. North Dakota

  5. Colorado

Lowest median family salary (adjusted for income)

  1. New York

  2. New Mexico

  3. West Virginia

  4. California

  5. Maine

Most affordable housing

  1. Iowa

  2. Nebraska

  3. North Dakota

  4. Ohio

  5. Kansas

Least affordable housing

  1. California

  2. Hawaii

  3. New York

  4. Washington

  5. Oregon

Lowest child care costs

  1. Mississippi

  2. South Dakota

  3. Missouri

  4. South Carolina

  5. Arkansas

Highest child care costs

  1. Nebraska

  2. New Mexico

  3. New York

  4. Massachusetts

  5. Maine

Most families with young kids

  1. Utah

  2. Texas

  3. Alaska

  4. Nebraska

  5. Kansas

Fewest families with young kids

  1. Florida

  2. West Virginia

  3. Maine

  4. Vermont

  5. New Hampshire

Lowest infant mortality rate

  1. Massachusetts

  2. Washington

  3. California

  4. New Hampshire

  5. North Dakota

Highest infant mortality rate

  1. Mississippi

  2. Arkansas

  3. South Dakota

  4. Oklahoma

  5. Tennessee

Caroline C.
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