2021 is the symbol of new beginnings for many of us and for some that means starting a family. One of the most important factors to consider when starting a family is where to raise children. I remember not wanting to have children based on the " state"  of this world. Allow me to explain, everyday we turn on the news and learn of horrible people doing horrible things so for me it was really a question of why I would want to bring someone into such an ugly world? At some point I became of the mindset that it's conscious people like me that should have children because well raised children will make for a better world. Needless to say two kids later finding the best place to raise them has always been a topic of conversation. WalletHub to the rescue! Their study titled 2021's Best & Worst States to Raise a Family is now out, here is the methodology:

"To determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 52 key indicators of family-friendliness. The data set ranges from the median annual family income to housing affordability to the unemployment rate."

Check out the full list below and notice that Idaho comes in at number 34. I'm not quite sure I agree with that but I'm not ready to protest.

Best States for Families

Overall Rank StateTotal Score ‘Family Fun’ ‘Health & Safety’ ‘Education & Child Care’ ‘Affordability’ ‘Socio-economics’ 
1Massachusetts60.889103621
2Minnesota60.571458115
3North Dakota60.103372141
4New York59.802216547
5Vermont59.164015274
6New Hampshire58.8531312103
7New Jersey58.7618261119
8Washington58.4681123416
9Connecticut55.8629184228
10Utah55.48132016342
11Nebraska55.47219142310
12Iowa55.3734811158
13South Dakota55.17301610207
14Wisconsin54.442015151814
15Colorado53.41724272912
16Illinois53.13331182445
17Virginia51.752813171918
18Maine51.7246493115
19Montana51.6139147466
20Hawaii51.37162263336
21Oregon51.12106372222
22Maryland50.362323131231
23Pennsylvania49.94113228724
24Rhode Island49.78272521343
25California49.57140431742
26Wyoming49.083217194313
27Missouri48.862230242117
28Texas46.91537334138
29Kansas46.433742251611
30Ohio45.711529351341
31Michigan45.23422236825
32Delaware45.174427202632
33Alaska44.861719422834
34Idaho44.53361246479
35Indiana44.23354130923
36Florida43.33635324944
37Kentucky43.174528223035
38North Carolina42.692534293930
39Tennessee41.052447314220
40Georgia39.902633403840
41Nevada38.52446495046
42Arizona38.221244484826
43South Carolina37.974138384427
44Alabama36.334736442539
45Arkansas34.834849343633
46Oklahoma34.494348454037
47Louisiana33.831943473250
48West Virginia33.835039413729
49Mississippi29.704950393548
50New Mexico28.9538455045

 

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