WalletHub did a study ranking the best and worst states to raise a family in 2022… and Massachusetts came in at the top of the list at #1.
In addition to ranking #1 overall, Massachusetts also ranked #3 for education and child care, #6 for affordability, #9 for family fun, #10 for healthy and safety, and #21 for socio-economics. More specifically, it ranked #4 for lowest infant mortality rate.
The study compared the 50 states across 52 key indicators of family-friendliness, including:
- Highest median family income
- Most affordable housing
- Lowest child care cost
- Most families with young kids
- Lowest infant mortality rate
- Fewest violent crimes per capita
- Lowest % of families in poverty
- Lowest separation and divorce rate
After Massachusetts comes Minnesota at #2 as the best state to raise a family, North Dakota at #3, New York at #4, and Vermont at #5. New Mexico landed at the bottom of the list at #50, making it the worst state to raise a family in.
Elite Personal Finance took it one step further and listed the top 10 cities or towns to raise a family in Massachusetts – scroll below for the full list.