Many parents agonize over where they will raise their children and perhaps rightfully so: according to a new report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, some states are better than others when it comes to childrearing.
The report used more than 30 metrics to generate scores in four categories: family friendliness, baby friendliness, health care and cost. Some of the specific metrics used to generate the rankings were the infant mortality rate, midwives and OB-GYNs per capita, and the cost of cesarean sections.
The state with the lowest infant mortality rate was Vermont, which performed two times better than Mississippi, the worst performing state. Mississippi, however, did score well in some categories. The southern state has the lowest average annual infant care costs, performing four times better than Washington, D.C., which is tied for the highest costs.
Alabama had the worst overall performance of any state. It received particularly low marks for cost and health care. Following Alabama, the states which ranked as the worst states to have a baby were Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia.
According to WalletHub, these are the top 10 states to have a baby:
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
- The District of Columbia