Nevada Does Poorly In "Best Place To Raise A Family" Study

Northern States Grade Much Higher Than Southern Ones

Mitch Kelly
January 10, 2020 - 8:09 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The past couple of decades has marked a period of growth for Nevada that's been unlike almost any other state, but a new study says that the Silver State is far from the best place to raise a family.

The study comes from the financial website WalletHub. WalletHub compared all 50 states across 50 key indicators of family-friendliness, ranging from median family salary to housing affordability to unemployment rate.

WalletHub ranked Nevada 40th out of the 50 states. Hurting our total score the most was (no surprise here) Nevada's top ranking in highest divorce rate, along with 2nd from the bottom rankings is "Affordability" and "Education and Child Care" and a 3rd from the bottom score in "Most Violent Crimes Per Capita"

Helping pull the state's ranking up a few notches was a 4th-best score in the "Family Fun" category.

Northern states, and particularly those in New England, scored much better on the survey than southern states did.

The best state to raise a family, at least accodrding to WalletHub, was Minnesota. The Land of 10,000 Lakes was followed by Massachusetts, North Dakota, Vermont and New Hampshire.

The bottom five in the rankings: Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and at the very bottom: New Mexico.

For a look at the full study, click here.