The best place to live when you’re single and childless may not be ideal anymore once you start a family. A new study reveals the best and worst states in the country to raise kids.

WalletHub compared 50 states across 50 key indicators of family-friendliness to compile a ranking of the best places for families to live. The facts considered include health and safety, education and childcare, affordability, socio-economics and family fun. Taking the top spot as best place to raise kids is Minnesota, which also came in first last year.

In fact, not much has changed since 2019, with the same states taking the top five spots as the previous year. However, there was some movement among the top ten with Connecticut and Washington working their way up.

10 Best States to Raise a Family

1. Minnesota

2. Massachussets

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3. North Dakota

4. Vermont

5. New Hampshire

6. New York

7. New Jersey

8. Nebraska

9. Connecticut

10. Washington

The worst states also lined up similarly this year, with almost no changes in the bottom ten other than a handful swapping spots.

10 Worst States to Raise a Family

41. Arizona

42. Georgia

43. South Carolina

44. Oklahoma

45. Arkansas

46. Alabama

47. West Virginia

48. Louisiana

49. Mississippi

50. New Mexico

Check out WalletHub’s full list of rankings by state here.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Emma Bauso via Pexels

 

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