10 Best States to Raise a Family

North Dakota tops the list
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2017 6:39 PM CST
A sandbag dike holds back the rising flood waters of the Red River Friday, March 19, 2010 in the Woodlawn Point section of Moorhead, Minn. In the background is the skyline of dowtown Fargo, North Dakota.   (AP Photo/The Bismarck Tribune, Tom Stromme)

(Newser) – If you're looking to raise a family in the US, WalletHub has ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on how family-friendly they are. The site looked at 40 variables including median family salary, unemployment rate, and how affordable housing is. The top 10 best states to raise a family:

  1. North Dakota: It ranked 2nd socioeconomically, but 13th on "family fun."
  2. New Hampshire: 3rd socioeconomically, 12th on affordability.
  3. Vermont: 1st on health and safety, 2nd on education and childcare—but 15th and 16th, respectively, on affordability and socioeconomics.
  4. Minnesota: 2nd on affordability, but 30th on family fun.
  5. Nebraska: 5th on family fun, affordability, and socioeconomics.

  1. Massachusetts: 2nd on health and safety, but 22nd on socioeconomics.
  2. New Jersey: 1st on education and childcare, but 26th on family fun.
  3. Iowa: 1st on affordability, and in the top 15 for all areas.
  4. Connecticut: 3rd on health and safety, but 34th on socioeconomics.
  5. South Dakota: 1st on family fun, but 30th on education and childcare.
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