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2019 Study: Which US States Are The Best For Families With Young Kids?

Minneapolis, MN, US

Minnesota is listed as the best state in America to raise a family, according to a study from WalletHub. To determine the best and worst states in America to raise a family, the personal finance compared all 50 states in 5 categories: family fun; health and safety; education and childcare; affordability; and socio-economics.

The best state in America to raise a family in?

That title goes to Minnesota. Massachusetts, North Dakota, Vermont and New Hampshire rounding out the top five. Ranked 2nd last year, Minnesota took over the top spot from Massachusetts for 2019.

How Minnesota fared?

Overall score: 65.32
Overal rank: #1
Family fun — Minnesota ranked 13th
Health and safety — Minnesota ranked 4th
Education and child care — Minnesota ranked 8th
Affordability — Minnesota ranked 8th
Socio-economics — Minnesota ranked 3rd

And the worst state in America to raise a family in?

Coming out dead last (i.e. the place you should never raise kids) was New Mexico (50th). The rest of the bottom states are all from the South: Mississippi (49th), Louisiana (48th), West Virginia (47th), and Alabama (46th).

How New Mexico fared?

Overall score: 31.69
Overal rank: #50
Family fun — New Mexico ranked 36th
Health and safety — New Mexico ranked 43rd
Education and child care: — New Mexico ranked 49th
Affordability — New Mexico ranked 45th
Socio-economics — New Mexico ranked 50th

Southern states made up the majority of the lower ranks, with only Virginia (No. 20) breaking in to the top half.

Best States for Families For 2019:

RankUS StateCodeScoreFamily FunHealth And SafetyEducation And Child CareAffordabilitySocioeconomics
1MinnesotaMN65.32134883
2MassachusettsMA63.587332119
3North DakotaND62.343591101
4VermontVT61.614415244
5New HampshireNH60.94326136
6New YorkNY59.8121722345
7WisconsinWI59.29191416511
8New JerseyNJ58.9826132232
9Rhode IslandRI57.29271017129
10NebraskaNE57.26211112239
11South DakotaSD57.2630715177
12ColoradoCO56.4102127298
13ConnecticutCT56.332964637
14WashingtonWA55.88530182617
15IowaIA55.84331811912
16MaineME55.2846573013
17UtahUT54.99182224252
18IllinoisIL54.57427231941
19CaliforniaCA53.9135441430
20VirginiaVA53.552816131618
21PennsylvaniaPA53.49625301526
22MissouriMO52.511629211821
23OregonOR52.39919343222
24MontanaMT52.34312093710
25WyomingWY52.01328104716
26KansasKS51.643726191115
27OhioOH51.27152826443
28HawaiiHI50.792515283914
29MarylandMD49.072339142028
30IdahoID48.55421245405
31TexasTX48.48350353634
32MichiganMI47.43402338725
33IndianaIN47.254133311220
34DelawareDE45.44524202839
35KentuckyKY45.263434252236
36AlaskaAK45.061431432747
37TennesseeTN45.051738374623
38North CarolinaNC44.452437294327
39FloridaFL44.41140364944
40ArizonaAZ42.971236474831
41GeorgiaGA40.842244463542
42OklahomaOK39.733948403135
43South CarolinaSC39.323841424238
44ArkansasAR38.894847333224
45NevadaNV38.56845505046
46AlabamaAL37.674742393440
47West VirginiaWV37.055032324133
48LouisianaLA36.142049483849
49MississippiMS32.44946414448
50New MexicoNM31.693643494550

 

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.