This Is the Best State to Bring Up Your Brood

Minnesota tops the list
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2020 8:03 AM CST
This Is the Best State to Bring Up Your Brood
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Myriad factors come into play when considering where to raise a family, and WalletHub has just tried to make the task a bit easier. The site took a close look at all 50 states, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: family fun (which includes such things as attractions and the share of families with young kids); health and safety (e.g., the quality of public hospitals, as well as pediatricians per capita); education and child care (costs for the latter, as well as quality of public schools); affordability (costs for housing and health insurance, as well as median family income); and socioeconomics (the wealth gap, separation and divorce rates, and job security). Minnesota topped the list, but nine other states also look promising:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. North Dakota (No. 1 in "Education and Child Care" and "Socioeconomics" categories)
  4. Vermont (No. 1 in "Health and Safety" category)
  5. New Hampshire
  6. New York (No. 1 in "Family Fun" category)
  7. New Jersey (No. 1 in "Affordability" category)
  8. Nebraska
  9. Connecticut
  10. Washington
Check out how other states fared. (Here's the best US city for raising a family.)

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