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Best and worst states to have a baby

Best and worst states to have a baby

2019’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby


News Staff - August 12, 2019

UNDATED - With August being one of the most popular months for newborn arrival and Americans paying the highest birthing costs in the world, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.  

South Dakota ranked 27th overall. It scored well for family friendliness, where it came in seventh; put it scored poorly for baby friendliness at 48th. South Dakota also scored poorly for cost.
 

Best States to Have a Baby   Worst States to Have a Baby
1 Vermont   42 West Virginia
2 Massachusetts   43 Florida
3 North Dakota   44 Nevada
4 Rhode Island   45 Arkansas
5 Minnesota   46 Georgia
6 New Hampshire   47 Oklahoma
7 Washington   48 Louisiana
8 Colorado   49 South Carolina
9 Connecticut   50 Alabama
10 Utah   51 Mississippi

 
Best vs. Worst

  • Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost for early child care, $3,192, which is 4.9 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at $15,515.
     
  • Alaska has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 6.19 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 11.60 percent.
     
  • The District of Columbia has the most obstetricians and gynecologists (per 100,000 residents), 25, which is 25 times more than in Oklahoma, the fewest at 1.
     
  • Massachusetts has the highest parental leave policy score, 160, while 9 states, such as Alabama, Michigan and South Dakota, tie for the lowest at 0.
  • To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: 
    https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-to-have-a-baby/6513/


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