Massachusetts Named #1 State to Raise a Family in 2021

 by Patrick SargentJanuary 11, 2021

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
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