When it comes to raising a family, Oklahoma ranked as No. 39 in a survey of the nation’s largest cities.
The report by WalletHub.com, “2017’s Best and Worst States to Raise a Family,” contends that “raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state. And the reasons are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or perhaps a general desire to change settings.”
WalletHub’s data team compared median family salary, housing affordability, unemployment rate and others.
In order to determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 40 key indicators of family-friendliness. The data ranges from “median family salary” to “housing affordability” to “unemployment rate.”
Best States for Families
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
Worst States for Families
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
- New Mexico
Best vs. Worst
Wyoming has the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $79,732, which is 1.7 times higher than in Hawaii, where it is lowest at $48,111.
Utah has the lowest divorce rate, 16.22 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 29.81 percent.
Wyoming has the lowest share of families receiving food stamps, 6.17 percent, which is 3.6 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 22.01 percent.
New Hampshire has the lowest share of families living below poverty level, 5.6 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Mississippi, where it is highest at 17.6 percent.
Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs (adjusted for median family income), 6.16 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where they are highest at 17.41 percent.
California has the lowest infant-mortality rate, 4.30 percent, which is two times lower than in Alabama, highest at 8.68 percent.
Vermont has the lowest violent-crime rate per 1,000 residents, 1.18, which is 10.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, where it is highest at 12.69.