Thinking of Moving? These Are the 5 Best and Worst States to Raise Your Kids In

Thinking of Moving? These Are the 5 Best and Worst States to Raise Your Kids In

According to CNN, an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released this Tuesday shows that Minnesota is the best place to raise your child in, in the U.S.A, and Mississippi is the worst.

While Mississippians might debate that fact, the study looked at various factors that affect kids as they grow up, to come up with these results.

The foundation’s Kids Count Data Center tracked ethnographic data in all 50 states in order to measure childhood well-being.

The study considered economic and health conditions, education and the quality of communities to evaluate the standings of each state.


According to the results, the top five states to raise a child in are:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Iowa
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Connecticut

And the bottom five are:

  1. Alabama
  2. Nevada
  3. Louisiana
  4. New Mexico
  5. Mississippi

Puerto Rico was not included in the details of the study but, appallingly, the foundation found that a total of 58 percent of kids in the U.S. territory currently live in monetary poverty.

The definition of living in poverty held by the Data Center follows the U.S. Census Bureau’s which counts any family with children living off an annual income of under $24,000 to be living in need.

Of the areas included in the study, New Mexico had the highest rate of children in poverty with 30 percent of its children living below the poverty line.

The report stated that just 15% of kids living in Minnesota fall under this category.

The makers of the study hope that policy makers can use the data generated to make a difference and change the lives of those in need.

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