To determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 50 key indicators of family-friendliness. The data set ranges from median family salary to housing affordability to unemployment rate.
|Best States for Families||Worst States for Families|
|1. Minnesota||41. Arizona|
|2. Massachusetts||42. Georgia|
|3. North Dakota||43. South Carolina|
|4. Vermont||44. Oklahoma|
|5. New Hampshire||45. Arkansas|
|6. New York||46. Alabama|
|7. New Jersey||47. West Virginia|
|8. Nebraska||48. Louisiana|
|9. Connecticut||49. Mississippi|
|10. Washington||50. New Mexico|
Best vs. Worst
- Minnesota has the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $89,217, which is 1.5 times higher than in New York, where it is lowest at $58,794.
- Utah has the lowest divorce rate, 15.89 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, where it is highest at 26.10 percent.
- New Hampshire has the lowest share of families living in poverty, 4.70 percent, which is 3.2 times lower than in New Mexico, where it is highest at 15.10 percent.
- Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost of early childcare (as a percentage of median family income), 7.08 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in Nebraska, where it is highest at 16.42 percent.
- Maine has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 1.12, which is 7.9 times fewer than in Alaska, the state with the most at 8.85.
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