The personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family and the Bay State nears the top of the list.
WalletHub compared the 50 states across 50 key indicators of family-friendliness. The data sets ranged from median family salary to housing affordability to unemployment rate.
Overall, Massachusetts ranked the second-best state to raise a family, falling behind only Minnesota.
Along with Massachusetts, a total of four New England states ranked among the Top 10 states to raise a family, including Vermont (#4), New Hampshire (#5) and Connecticutt (#9). Rhode Island and Maine were ranked #15 and #18, respectively.
Here’s how Massachusetts ranked across each data set:
Raising a Family in Massachusetts (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 22nd – % of Families with Young Kids
- 1st – Infant-Mortality Rate
- 9th – Median Family Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 25th – Violent-Crime Rate
- 10th – % of Families in Poverty
- 14th – Unemployment Rate
- 15th – Separation & Divorce Rate
To see how Massachusetts compared to the rest of the country, please scroll the map below:
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