In life, we’re sometimes presented with opportunities that may require us to move to a new state.  There are a variety of reasons: careers, schools, financial issues, to be closer to family, or just looking for a change.  And if you have a family, it can be a tough decision to make.  While there may be pros to moving to a different state, there may also be cons.  The true question is which one outweighs the other. And what are the best states for families?

You may run into a situation where a state may have a low income tax rate, but the education system could use some work. But not all moves will require you to make sacrifices in areas that are important to you and your family.

Research

WalletHub put in the work to look at the best and worst states to raise a family.  They compared the 50 states across 51 key indicators of family friendliness.  The main 5 key dimensions include: family fun, health & safety, education & child care, affordability, and socio-economics.

Unfortunately, Georgia and South Carolina didn’t rank well in this study.  Georgia ranked at number 41 out of 50. Sadly, Georgia ranked in the top 5 states with the highest infant mortality rate.  South Carolina was even further down the list at 47 out of 50; but did rank in the top 5 states with the lowest child care costs.

While Georgia was ranked in the middle for family fun, the state didn’t fare well in the areas of health & safety, or affordability. As for the areas of education & child care and socio-economics, the numbers aren’t stellar.

At 47 out of all the states, the numbers definitely don’t look great for South Carolina.  The state ranked very low in all of the 5 areas, with the best ranking in socio-economics (36 out of 50).

Check out the top 10 best and the top 10 worst states listed below!

Source: WalletHub

  • Top 10 Best States for Families

  • 10. New Jersey

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    57.01 21 14 1 4 41

    Sayreville NJ town aerial panoramic view is a small town in USA

  • 9. North Dakota

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    57.57 31 17 3 15 2

     Aerial View of the Tourist Town of Medora, North Dakota outside of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

  • 8. Washington

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    57.58 8 18 26 3 16

     A view of the skyline of Bellevue, Washington.

  • 7. Connecticut

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    57.67 29 7 7 1 38

     Hartford, Connecticut, USA downtown skyline at dusk in early autumn.

  • 6. New Hampshire

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    58.38 34 2 9 24 5

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA townscape.

  • 5. Nebraska

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    58.49 17 10 12 14 4

     Welcome to Nebraska

  • 4. Minnesota

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    58.79 13 9 22 9 7

    A Wide Angle Sunset Shot over Rural Red Wing, Minnesota

  • 3. Vermont

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    59.15 44 1 4 30 1

    Montpelier, Vermont Town Skyline

  • 2. New York

     Night New York, reflective city lights

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    61.81 2 8 5 6 46

     

  • 1. Massachusetts

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    65.21 9 3 2 2 24

     Boston, Massachusetts, USA cityscape with the State House at dusk.

  • Top 10 Worst States for Families

  • 10. Georgia

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    39.83 25 46 39 42 35

    Atlanta Georgia USA downtown skyline.

  • 9. Nevada

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    38.96 4 45 49 49 49

     Aerial view of Las Vegas strip in Nevada as seen at night USA

  • 8. Alabama

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    38.34 47 44 41 17 31

    Huntsville, Alabama, USA Skyline

  • 7. Arkansas

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    37.91 48 43 36 29 28

     Little Rock, Arkansas, USA skyline on the river at twilight.

  • 6. West Virginia

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    37.69 50 22 43 41 22

    Charleston, West Virginia, USA

  • 5. Oklahoma

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    37.19 41 48 44 36 34

     Detail of a US route 66 road sign in a town in the State of Oklahoma, USA. Concept for road trip in the USA.

  • 4. South Carolina

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    37.09 42 41 42 46 36

    Richest Places in South Carolina  A welcome sign at the South Carolina state line.

  • 3. Louisiana

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    34.66 18 49 48 31 50

     Shreveport, Louisiana, USA skyline over the Red River at dusk.

  • 2. New Mexico

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    30.79 35 42 50 45 48

     Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown cityscape and street at twilight.

  • 1. Mississippi

    Total Score  Family Fun  Health & Safety  Education & Child Care  Affordability  Socio-economics 
    30.47 49 50 37 32 47

     Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline over the Capitol Building.