Massachusetts ranks as best state to raise a family

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

The Bay State is the best state to raise a family, according to a newly published study.

WalletHub released their rankings of all 50 states in its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to raise a family. Massachusetts edged out Minnesota for the top spot. Other New England states New Hampshire and Vermont made the top five.

The study compared 42 key indicators of family-friendliness. The data set ranges from median family salary to housing affordability to unemployment rate. It also ranked each state from 1-50 in the areas of family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability and socio-economics.

While it notched the first place spot overall, Massachusetts was ranked as one of the worst states for high childcare costs, just above New Mexico and New York.

You can see the full study report here.