These Are The 10 Best States To Raise A Family In America For 2019


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 faimly in America for 2019 according to the data:

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

Now that we have a top ten, what’s the best state to raise a family overall? New Hampshire ranks as the best state to raise a family based on data around affordability, things to do, and safety.

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:

How We Determined The Best States to Raise A Family in America For 2019

When 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’s 2013-2017 ACS.

The census compiles the best set of geographical data on for populations in each state.

We combined their data with College Scorecard data and the FBI to reach the following set of items:

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

These organizations just updated their data at the end of 2018, 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.

1. New Hampshire

New-Hampshire|Nh, NH

Population: 1,331,848
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 665
Households with kids: 18.6%

Hey now New Hampshire! Sounds like you guys got it all figured out up there in your little nook in the woods, huh? You were able to flip flop with Vermont this year.

New Hampshire is a great place for families. In fact, it’s not even close. New Hampshire is one of the best places for education in the country, and it’s also one of the safest.

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.

2. Vermont

Vermont|Vt, VT

Population: 624,636
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 560
Households with kids: 16.2%

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

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

3. Maine

Maine|Me, ME

Population: 1,330,158
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 868
Households with kids: 15.6%

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. North Dakota

North-Dakota|Nd, ND

Population: 745,475
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 428
Households with kids: 19.0%

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

The quality of life in North Dakota 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. Nebraska

Nebraska|Ne, NE

Population: 1,893,921
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 686
Households with kids: 20.9%

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

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

6. Iowa

Iowa|Ia, IA

Population: 3,118,102
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 1308
Households with kids: 19.6%

Iowa has a lot going for it. There aren’t really any ghetto areas, and many people think it’s a wonderful place. And the data backs it up.

Iowa 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 don’t want to be farmers.

7. Wyoming

Wyoming|Wy, WY

Population: 583,200
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 254
Households with kids: 19.8%

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|Sd, SD

Population: 855,444
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 407
Households with kids: 19.2%

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. Connecticut

Connecticut|Ct, CT

Population: 3,594,478
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 843
Households with kids: 19.1%

Connecticut. Not just a great place for women’s basketball teams.

People in Connecticut 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. Massachusetts

Massachusetts|Ma, MA

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,789,319
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 1535
Households with kids: 18.9%

Did you think you’d see Massachusetts on here? Massachusetts did.

If we had to choose between Connecticut and Massachusetts, we’d pick Massachusetts. The people are a good group – honesty and hard work goes a lot further here than pretty much any other state in America. Salt of the Earth, those Massachusetts folks.

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

There You Have It — The Best States in America to Raise a Family For 2019

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. Louisiana
  2. Nevada
  3. Florida

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States To Raise A Family In America For 2019

State Rank Population Amenity Score
New Hampshire 1 1,331,848 661
Vermont 2 624,636 535
Maine 3 1,330,158 853
North Dakota 4 745,475 400
Nebraska 5 1,893,921 708
Iowa 6 3,118,102 1305
Wyoming 7 583,200 272
South Dakota 8 855,444 426
Connecticut 9 3,594,478 831
Massachusetts 10 6,789,319 1562
Idaho 11 1,657,375 363
Kansas 12 2,903,820 981
Rhode Island 13 1,056,138 289
Minnesota 14 5,490,726 941
Montana 15 1,029,862 420
West Virginia 16 1,836,843 456
Wisconsin 17 5,763,217 1378
New Jersey 18 8,960,161 1173
Virginia 19 8,365,952 1175
Kentucky 20 4,424,376 689
Pennsylvania 21 12,790,505 1730
Oklahoma 22 3,896,251 789
New York 23 19,798,228 2121
Illinois 24 12,854,526 1832
Alaska 25 738,565 312
Oregon 26 4,025,127 767
Ohio 27 11,609,756 1475
Indiana 28 6,614,418 1054
Michigan 29 9,925,568 1546
Utah 30 2,993,941 317
Hawaii 31 1,421,658 248
Colorado 32 5,436,519 858
Missouri 33 6,075,300 1039
Washington 34 7,169,967 920
Delaware 35 943,732 211
North Carolina 36 10,052,564 1050
Alabama 37 4,850,771 801
Mississippi 38 2,986,220 374
Arkansas 39 2,977,944 464
New Mexico 40 2,084,828 477
Maryland 41 5,996,079 740
Texas 42 27,419,612 1772
Georgia 43 10,201,635 851
California 44 38,982,847 1561
Tennessee 45 6,597,381 901
South Carolina 46 4,893,444 523
Arizona 47 6,809,946 634
Florida 48 20,278,447 1287
Nevada 49 2,887,725 237
Louisiana 50 4,663,461 544

Best Places To Raise A Family By State

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best States To Raise A Family In America For 2019

  1. Dont go to Oregon! Crime rate very high. Lot of Auto accidents. Way to much congestion even in housing areas traffic is backed up, Oh & they do pay Taxes believe it.

  2. Unless you can afford to have one parent stay home to care for children and/or hire a nanny (tough on Maine’s average household income), don’t bring a young family to Maine. There is a severe childcare crisis, especially for children younger than 2. There is a severe shortage of childcare, up to a year waiting lists, severe lack of quality, operating hours that don’t meet the needs of working families, etc.

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