Massachusetts Named #1 State to Raise a Family in 2021

by | Jan 11, 2021 | Headlines, News, Worcester Ranks

The personal-finance website WalletHub has named Massachusetts the best state to raise a family in 2021.

SEE MAP BELOW: 2021’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family

WalletHub’s report — 2021’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family — was released on Monday and compares the 50 states across 52 key indicators of “family-friendliness,” including median annual family income to housing affordability to the unemployment rate.

Along with Massachusetts, three other New England states ranked among the Top 10 states to raise a family, including Vermont (#5), New Hampshire (#6) and Connecticut (#9). Maine and Rhode Island were ranked #18 and #24, respectively.

Last year, Massachusetts was ranked second in the U.S. to raise a family by WalletHub, trailing only Minnesota. This year, the states swapped places.

Here’s how Massachusetts ranked across each data set:

Raising a Family in Massachusetts (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 26th – % of Families with Young Children
  • 4th – Infant-Mortality Rate
  • 10th – Median Annual Family Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 24th – Violent Crimes per Capita
  • 12th – % of Families in Poverty
  • 11th – Separation & Divorce Rate


To see how Massachusetts compares to the rest of the country, scroll the map below:

Source: WalletHub
Lead image courtesy: EDITED  – Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr

Follow us on, the social network for Worcester and you!

Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]