New report ranks Mississippi as worst state to raise a family

NATION — Mississippi is the worst state in the country to raise a family, according to a new report from WalletHub.

Other Mid-South states didn’t perform well in the rankings, with Arkansas coming in at number 44 and Tennessee at 36.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across five key dimensions to determine the rankings:

  • Family Fun
  • Health & Safety
  • Education & Child Care
  • Affordability
  • Socio-economics

While Mississippi ranked second in lowest child care costs, the state ranked last in highest infant mortality rate and the highest percentage of families in poverty. The state ranked 46th in the highest divorce and separation rate.

Arkansas and Tennessee tied with Alaska, Louisiana, and New Mexico for most violent crimes per capita.

Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state. “The reasons people choose to move are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or a general desire to change settings,” said WalletHub Financial Writer Adam McCann. “Wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, though.”

The idea behind the rankings was to help families evaluate each state when considering a move.

The report ranked Massachusetts as the best state for families, with New York, Vermont, Minnesota, and Nebraska rounding out the top five.

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