There are a lot of factors that go into having a baby, from picking a pediatrician to planning for parental leave—and some states definitely make it easier on parents than others. According to a new report, these are the best states to have a baby.
A new report from WalletHub ranks all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to determine which are the best places to be a new parent. The ratings were based on four main categories: cost, health care, baby-friendliness and family-friendliness. Each category is weighted differently based on 26 factors including access to health care and parental leave policies, as well as hospital delivery and infant care costs.
The top overall spot went to the state of Vermont, which also ranked number one in health care. Vermont also had the most pediatricians and child care centers per capita, as well as the lowest infant mortality rate. So whatever you’re doing up Vermonters, keep up the great work!
The top 10 overall best states to have a baby included:
4. New Hampshire
5. North Dakota
9. District of Columbia
Besides ranking states overall, the study also selected the top picks for specific categories, like lowest hospital charges (for conventional delivery), for which North Dakota took the top spot. Lowest infant care costs went to Mississippi—however, overall, the state ranked dead last as the worst state to have a baby.
You can check out WalletHub’s full list of rankings here.
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