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The Best States To Raise A Family

The 2018 KidsCount report was just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, revealing the Best and Worst States to Raise a Family. The non-profit organization rates the 50 states based on things like economic well-being, education, and health, as well as family and community, and also poverty, death rate, alcohol and drug use.

Overall, New Hampshire tops the list as the best state to raise a family in the U.S., with five of the Top Ten states in the Northeast. New Hampshire gets high marks for its low child poverty rate (8%).

Top Ten Best States To Raise A Family

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New Jersey
  4. Minnesota
  5. Iowa
  6. Utah
  7. Connecticut
  8. Vermont
  9. Nebraska
  10. Virginia

On the flipside, New Mexico was named the worst state to raise a family, thanks to the highest child poverty rate in the country (30%). The state, along with West Virginia, also has the highest rate of parents without secure employment, and 75% of New Mexico fourth graders are not reading proficient.

The Ten Worst States To Raise A Family

  1. New Mexico
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Nevada
  5. Alaska
  6. Arizona
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Texas
  9. Alabama
  10. Arkansas

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation

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