Best States To Raise A Family 2019

Many people that settle down to have a family want to find the best place to raise their children. Some people move from the busy city to the more relaxed suburbs or rural areas. Others move from states with high costs of living to ones that are more affordable in terms of cost-of-living and college tuition prices.

There isn’t a universal way to determine which states are the best for raising a family. After all, you could probably find people from all 50 states that would tout the benefits of raising a family within their own states. However, a new study from MoneyRates.com examines a few different factors to determine which states are the highest ranked for raising a family.

This study took a look at different factors including college tuition expenses, the overall cost of living, as well as access to child-friendly amenities such as parks and libraries.

According to this study, Utah is the best state to raise a family. This is primarily due to its low college tuition costs, which are the third lowest in the nation. Utah is also one of the safest states due to a low occurrence of violent crimes, and the state is home to a variety of family-friendly amenities.

Coming in second is the state of Wyoming, which has the cheapest public college tuition rates in the entire nation for in-state students. This state also has a low rate of violent crime and a general low cost of living.

New Jersey, despite its high cost of living, is the third best state for raising a family based on this study. New Jersey has many family-friendly neighborhoods and amenities and excellent school systems.

Virginia is also near the top of the list at fourth place. Even though its college tuition rates are higher than many other states, factors including low rates of violent crime, quality childhood education, and children’s health programs make this one of the best states for raising a family.

In fifth place in the study is Idaho. This state is one of the safest for raising children and also offers low tuition rates for college. However, one thing to note is that there aren’t as many family-friendly amenities as there are in other top-ranking states.

These are the top five states for raising a family in the United States. Other states that ranked highly in this study include:

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State Overall Rank Health & Safety Rank Education & Child Care Rank Affordability Rank Family Fun Rank Socio-Economics Rank 2019 Pop.
Minnesota14881335,655,925
Massachusetts233217196,939,373
North Dakota39110351760,900
Vermont41524444627,180
New Hampshire526134361,363,852
New York61722324519,491,339
Wisconsin71416519115,832,661
New Jersey8132226328,922,547
Rhode Island91017127291,056,738
Nebraska101112232191,940,919
South Dakota1171517307892,631
Colorado122127291085,770,545
Connecticut1364629373,567,871
Washington143018265177,666,343
Iowa151811933123,167,997
Maine16573046131,342,097
Utah172224251823,221,610
Illinois1827231944112,700,381
California1935441413039,747,267
Virginia2016131628188,571,946
Pennsylvania2125301562612,813,969
Missouri2229211816216,147,861
Oregon231934329224,245,901
Montana242093731101,074,532
Wyoming25810473216572,381
Kansas2626191137152,910,931
Ohio2728264154311,718,568
Hawaii2815283925141,416,589
Maryland2939142023286,062,917
Idaho301245404251,790,182
Texas3150353633429,087,070
Michigan3223387402510,020,472
Indiana3333311241206,718,616
Delaware342420284539975,033
Kentucky3534252234364,484,047
Alaska363143271447735,720
Tennessee3738374617236,833,793
North Carolina38372943242710,497,741
Florida39403649114421,646,155
Arizona4036474812317,275,070
Georgia41444635224210,627,767
Oklahoma4248403139353,948,950
South Carolina4341424238385,147,111
Arkansas4447333248243,026,412
Nevada454550508463,087,025
Alabama4642393447404,898,246
West Virginia4732324150331,791,951
Louisiana4849483820494,652,581
Mississippi4946414449482,987,895
New Mexico5043494536502,096,034