Maryland Ranks Third in Lending Tree’s “Most Expensive States to Raise a Small Child” List

by MCS Staff

Lending Tree, a U.S. online loan marketplace company, has created and released a list ranking “How Much is Costs to Raise a Small Child in Each State.”

Researchers from the website analyzed data from several sources to estimate and rank the costs to raise a child in each state and the District of Columbia.

Maryland came in third place in the rankings, falling just behind D.C. and Hawaii, with a cost just over $5,000 more than the National average. Based on their research, it is estimated that basic costs for raising a child in the U.S. equal $20,152 annually, and they’re trending upward (not counting expenses for sports teams, summer camps, birthday parties, and more).

Per the Lending Tree report:

”Basic annual expenses to raise a child (including day care) equal $28,785 in the District of Columbia, more than any other state. Hawaii and Maryland follow at $25,828 and $25,156, respectively, while costs are lowest in Mississippi at $13,596.”

Below you’ll see the full rankings for each state:

The full rankings can be seen here.


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1 comment

Vince Brannigan September 20, 2021 - 5:20 am

This is BEYOND STUPID it states

Note: Based on a married, two-earner couple (with one child) that earns the U.S. median of $77,263

So they assume the same income everywhere but have state level prices.
Maryland has almost twice the household income of Mississippi


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