With rampant inflation making raising children much more costly than usual, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family. Maryland was ranked 19th overall, coming in at 8th place for ‘affordability’ and 10th place for ‘education & child care.’
To determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 51 key indicators of family-friendliness. The data set ranges from the median annual family income to housing affordability to the unemployment rate.
|Best States for Families||Worst States for Families|
|1. Massachusetts||41. Arizona|
|2. Minnesota||42. Georgia|
|3. New York||43. Oklahoma|
|4. North Dakota||44. Arkansas|
|5. Vermont||45. Alabama|
|6. New Hampshire||46. South Carolina|
|7. New Jersey||47. Louisiana|
|8. Nebraska||48. West Virginia|
|9. Iowa||49. New Mexico|
|10. Connecticut||50. Mississippi|
Best vs. Worst
- New Hampshire has the lowest share of families living in poverty, 4.60 percent, which is 3.3 times lower than in Mississippi, where it is highest at 15.00 percent.
- South Dakota has the lowest average annual cost of early childcare (as a share of median family income), 7.05 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in North Carolina, where it is highest at 13.32 percent.
- Maine has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 1.09, which is 7.7 times fewer than in Alaska, the state with the most at 8.38.
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