Putting down roots: Massachusetts ranked best state to raise a family; NY ranks 4

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NEW YORK (WWTI) — Massachusetts has been ranked the top state to raise a family in 2021. The recent study conducted by WalletHub, 2021’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family, also determined that New York ranked fourth nationwide.

The study compared 50 states across key indicators of family-friendliness including median annual family income, housing affordability, and the unemployment rate. According to the study, Vermont was ranked the fifth-best state, and New Mexico was ranked the worst state for raising a family in the U.S.

Specific findings for New York State included the following:

  • Second highest for “family fun’
  • Fifth-highest for affordability
  • Fifth-lowest share of uninsured children
  • Sixth-highest for education and child care
  • Sixth-lowest for property crimes per capita
  • Seventh-lowest infant mortality rate

However, New York also ranked poorly in the following indicators.

  • Lowest median family income nationwide
  • Fourth most violent crimes per capita

For full findings from the study, visit the WalletHub website.

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