Good news fellow Minnesotans, according to a new study by WalletHub, it looks like the Land of 10,000 Lakes is the best state to raise a family in 2019.

In determining which states are the most family-friendly, the WalletHub number crunchers looked at things like education & child care, health & safety, family fun opportunities, affordability, and several socio-economic factors.

Raising a Family in Minnesota

(1=Best, 25=Average, 50=Worst)

  • 10th – % of Families with Young Kids
  • 18th – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income)
  • 13th – Infant-Mortality Rate
  • 1st – Median Family Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 11th – Violent-Crime Rate
  • 2nd – % of Families in Poverty
  • 14th – Housing Affordability
  • 13th – Unemployment Rate
  • 3rd – Separation & Divorce Rate

The Top-5 Family Friendly States

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. North Dakota
  4. Vermont
  5. New Hampshire
Source: WalletHub

The five worst states in the study are: Alabama (#46), West Virginia (#47), Louisiana (#48), Mississippi (#49), and New Mexico (#50).

How Did Our Neighborhood Fare?

  • #1 - Minnesota
  • #3 - North Dakota
  • #7 - Wisconsin
  • #11 - South Dakota
  • #15 - Iowa

It's good to be us! You can see the full state-by-state report HERE.

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