2018’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby
From Wallet Hub, Aug 13, 2018
What should you expect when you’re expecting? Besides possibly the greatest joy of your life, you can expect a lot of extra expenses. Between one-time costs such as a crib and stroller and ongoing ones including diapers and formula, it’s easy to go over budget.
One of the biggest expenses to keep in mind is medical bills. According to The Economist, the average conventional delivery in the U.S. costs over $10,000, more expensive than the birth of Britain’s latest royal baby. Whether or not you have insurance naturally plays a big role as well.
Birthing costs, however, won’t hit your wallet as badly in some states as they will in others. Expenses can vary significantly, considering the wide disparities in cost of living. They can also differ from one pregnancy to another, given that some women experience delivery complications. But there’s more to think about than just cost. Some states provide better quality health care service and better environments in which to care for children.
To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. to have a baby, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key measures of cost, health care accessibility, as well as baby- and family-friendliness. Their data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita….
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Best States to Have a Baby
- 13 -- Overall Rank (1 = Best)
- 55.04 -- Total Score
- 14 -- ‘Cost’ Rank
- 12 -- ‘Health Care’ Rank
- 2 -- ‘Baby-Friendliness’ Rank
- 33 -- ‘Family-Friendliness’ Rank
- 4 -- Child Care Centers Per Capita