These Are The 10 Best States To Raise Family In America For 2018

We used science and data to determine which states in the USA have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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In today’s America, people don’t stay in one place for too long.

In fact, recent research suggests that families are moving far more often than ever before. Perhaps it’s a job hunt thing, or the fact that the housing market has been so good for the past few years, that people are able to come and go much easier.

With that in mind, people are always trying to figure out – where’s the next best place to take the fam?

We understand that everyone is different; some people want to be by nature, and some people want to (or have to) live in bigger cities. But for the most part, we all want the same thing when we consider a place to move with the wife and kids.

Here are the 10 best states to raise a family in America according to the data:

  1. Vermont (Photos)
  2. New Hampshire (Photos)
  3. Maine (Photos)
  4. Nebraska (Photos)
  5. Iowa (Photos)
  6. Connecticut (Photos)
  7. Wyoming (Photos)
  8. South Dakota (Photos)
  9. Kansas (Photos)
  10. North Dakota (Photos)

The general assumption would be a great place for families would be safe, offer plenty of great schools, and have lot of room for growth. We took that all into account, and made some other assumptions as well.

For exactly how we calculated these rankings, read on. Or, if the state where you live is just peachy keen, and you’re not moving an inch, check out:

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How We Determined The Best States to Raise A Family in America

hen the folks at HomeSnacks analyze a place to live, we look at statistics you can find anywhere online. You can get any demographic on anyone out there. You only have to sort it and look at it a certain way.

For this analysis we took into account the — U.S. Census.

The census compiles the best set of geographical data on a population in different states.

In particular they look at the cost of the following items:

  • Number of colleges nearby
  • Population density
  • Quality of education
  • Crime
  • Healthcare
  • Jobs (or lack of them)

They just updated their data at the end of 2017, so we were able to take a fresh look at it.

Specifically, this analysis bases the rankings on the assumption that states with qualities we’d all agree are desirable would be the best places for families to live.

Here’s a look at the top ten.

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1. Vermont


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 626,249
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 538
Households with kids: 24.4%

Hey now Vermont! Sounds like you guys got it all figured out up there in your little nook in the woods, huh?

Vermont is a great place for families. In fact, it’s not even close. Vermont is the best place for education in the country, and it’s also the 2nd safest.

The only weird thing is, Vermont ranks 47th for number of homes with kids. Only 24% of households are actually families.

2. New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,327,503
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 673
Households with kids: 26.5%

Right next door, in New Hampshire, the number of households with kids is also low, but not as low as in Vermont. Only 26% of homes have kids in Vermont.

Despite the fact that there aren’t actually a lot of households with kids, it’s a great place to raise them – It’s the third safest state in the nation, and the schools are great.

3. Maine


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,329,923
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 861
Households with kids: 23.7%

Well, it’s starting to look like the northeast is the best place in America for families to live. Is that a surprise? It isn’t to us.

Maine is the safest state in America. While there are some misfits that cause issues in Maine, you’re more likely to have a moose gun stolen out of your Subaru than you are to be attacked while ice fishing.

4. Nebraska


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,881,259
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 694
Households with kids: 29.3%

Nebraska is just an all-around great place, isn’t it? Just a bunch of rainbows and unicorns.

The quality of life in Nebraska is outstanding; there’s plenty of jobs, and the cost of living is great. And, as with the states we mentioned above, low crime and good schooling help out, too.

5. Iowa


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,106,589
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 1300
Households with kids: 28.1%

In the same vein, we come to Iowa. People in Iowa know it’s a great place to raise a family. Why do you think you’re never met anyone from Iowa before? Because they don’t leave!

The number of libraries per person in Iowa is the third-highest in the country. No wonder they’re so smart there.

6. Connecticut


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,588,570
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 828
Households with kids: 28.3%

Connecticut has a lot going for it. Outside of the ghettos of Hartford, Waterbury and Bridgeport, many people think it’s a wonderful place. And the data backs it up.

Connecticut is the 5th safest state to live. And there’s a lot of money and success here, too. Meaning your kids would have a lot of opportunities – especially if they want be bankers.

7. Wyoming


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 583,029
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 275
Households with kids: 28.2%

While the long, dusty expanses of Wyoming might make your kids want to stab their eyeballs out of boredom, at least they’d be safe and sound. There isn’t a state within 200 miles where you’d find a better combination of safety, great schools and happy, healthy homes.

8. South Dakota

South Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 851,058
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 413
Households with kids: 27.9%

Believe it or not, but South Dakota has more libraries and museums per person than just about anywhere else. So unless you live out in the boonies somewhere, your kids have a lot of stimulation here.

Keep in mind that your kids would have to wear boots six months a year, and you might have them out milking the cows before supper.

9. Kansas


Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,898,292
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 962
Households with kids: 29.6%

Kansas. Such a great state that a band named itself after it.

People in Kansas know they have it made, and it’s rare that people move away from the Prairie State. It also ranks 8th in the nation for number of households with children – meaning if you moved there, your little ones would have lots of little playmates.

10. North Dakota

North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 736,162
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 420
Households with kids: 26.3%

Did you think you’d see North Dakota on here? North Dakota did.

If we had to choose between North or South Dakota, we’d pick North Dakota. The people are a hearty group – honesty and hard work goes a lot further here than pretty much any other state in America. Salt of the Earth, those North Dakotans.

It could be worse – you could take your kids to Alaska.

There You Have It — The Best States in America to Raise a Family

After measuring pretty much every category we could think of to decide which states are best, it’s clear – the northeast and midwest are awesome places to raise kids and settle down.

While it’s good news for the states we mentioned, we have to throw some love at the worst states to raise a family in America. If you live in Florida, Arizona or South Carolina, you’ve certainly got some great areas. But overall, there’s a lot to be desired.

But it could be worse. You could live in Alaska.

Here’s a quick look at the bottom of the list:

  1. Florida
  2. Arizona
  3. South Carolina

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Detailed List Of The Best States To Raise A Family In America

State Rank Population Amenity Score
Vermont 1 626,249 539
New Hampshire 2 1,327,503 663
Maine 3 1,329,923 853
Nebraska 4 1,881,259 698
Iowa 5 3,106,589 1293
Connecticut 6 3,588,570 826
Wyoming 7 583,029 276
South Dakota 8 851,058 415
Kansas 9 2,898,292 983
North Dakota 10 736,162 407
Idaho 11 1,635,483 363
Massachusetts 12 6,742,143 1554
Minnesota 13 5,450,868 943
Rhode Island 14 1,054,491 291
Montana 15 1,023,391 420
West Virginia 16 1,846,092 445
Wisconsin 17 5,754,798 1367
New Jersey 18 8,915,456 1168
Virginia 19 8,310,301 1174
Kentucky 20 4,411,989 676
Oklahoma 21 3,875,589 794
New York 22 19,697,457 2112
Pennsylvania 23 12,783,977 1749
Illinois 24 12,851,684 1819
Alaska 25 736,855 298
Indiana 26 6,589,578 1039
Ohio 27 11,586,941 1492
Oregon 28 3,982,267 779
Mississippi 29 2,989,192 363
Michigan 30 9,909,600 1541
Colorado 31 5,359,295 871
Utah 32 2,948,427 305
Missouri 33 6,059,651 1044
New Mexico 34 2,082,669 479
North Carolina 35 9,940,828 1035
Alabama 36 4,841,164 806
Maryland 37 5,959,902 751
Arkansas 38 2,968,472 483
Tennessee 39 6,548,009 887
Delaware 40 934,695 211
Washington 41 7,073,146 897
Hawaii 42 1,413,673 252
California 43 38,654,206 1580
Texas 44 26,956,435 1787
Georgia 45 10,099,320 854
Louisiana 46 4,645,670 556
Nevada 47 2,839,172 237
South Carolina 48 4,834,605 532
Arizona 49 6,728,577 631
Florida 50 19,934,451 1292

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