2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family
From WalletHub, Jan 18, 2017
Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state. And the reasons are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or perhaps a general desire to change settings.
But wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, which might offer, for instance, a low income-tax rate yet subpar education system. Consequently, a family must make unnecessary sacrifices — the kinds that are easily avoided by knowing which states offer the best combination of qualities that matter most to parents and their kids.
To help with the evaluation process, WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 40 key indicators of family-friendliness. Their data set ranges from “median family salary” to “housing affordability” to “unemployment rate.” Read on for the complete ranking, relocation advice from experts and a full description of their methodology.
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Hawaii – Rank 33rd
- Total Score -- 50.70
- Family Fun – 41st
- Health & Safety -- 36th
- Education & Child Care -- 29th
- Affordability – 41st
- Socioeconomics -- 15th