WalletHub: Arizona ranks 9th worst state to raise a family

Arizona is the ninth worst state in the nation to put down family roots, according to a new study by WalletHub. The personal finance website compared the 50 states across 52 key indicators of family-friendliness. The data set ranges from the median annual family income to housing affordability to the unemployment rate.

Raising a Family in Arizona (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 33rd – % of Families with Young Children
  • 26th – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income)
  • 20th – Infant-Mortality Rate
  • 42nd – Median Annual Family Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 41st – Violent Crimes per Capita
  • 38th – % of Families in Poverty
  • 40th – Housing Affordability
  • 27th – Unemployment Rate
  • 41st – Separation & Divorce Rate

Massachusetts ranked number 1 in the study and New Mexico came in last.

In order to determine the best states to raise a family, WalletHub compared the 50 states across five key dimensions: 1) Family Fun, 2) Health & Safety, 3) Education & Child Care, 4) Affordability and 5) Socio-economics.

See the full study here.