Minnesota Comes Up 2nd as the Best State to Raise a Family

A recent study conducted by the personal finance website WalletHub shows Mn as the 2nd best state in the country for raising a family. Researchers compared all 50 states across 42 key indicators of family-friendliness, from median family salary to housing affordability and unemployment rate.

So what makes Minnesota so great for people looking to set up and raise a family?

Affordability:   A States affordability was a major factor for the Wallethub survey.

It was found Minnesota has the highest median family salary (adjusted for cost of living) in the country and is tied with North Dakota for the third-lowest percentage of families in poverty. 

We also ranked in the top 10 for housing affordability.

Health and safety: Minnesota scored high in the health and safety category for having low rates of violent crime and infant mortality (15th-lowest rate in the country). 

Gov. Mark Dayton even put in his two cents after the survey came out, offering a statement highlighting Minnesota's offerings.

“Minnesota’s great schools, excellent quality of life, and good work opportunities are some of the reasons why we have been rated the second-best state for families,”

“But the report got one thing wrong: no other state holds a candle to Minnesota!" he added.

So who came in first? Massachusetts was named the best, with an overall score of 63.37 on a 100-point scale. Minnesota came in right behind, earning 62.46 points.

 Unfortunately for New Mexico it was named a poor place to raise a family as it came in at dead last with only 32.68 points.

See the survey and where each state ranked HERE

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