August 8, 2022

Best and worst states to have a baby


Best States to Have a Baby Worst States to Have a Baby
1. Massachusetts 42. Nevada
2. Vermont 43. West Virginia
3. Minnesota 44. Oklahoma
4. New Hampshire 45. Arkansas
5. Rhode Island 46. Florida
6. Connecticut 47. Georgia
7. North Dakota 48. Louisiana
8. Washington 49. Mississippi
9. Iowa 50. Alabama
10. Utah 51. South Carolina
Best vs. Worst
  • Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost for early child care, $4,182, which is 3.8 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at $16,056.
  • Oregon has the lowest share of childbirths with low birth weight, 6.53 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at 11.82 percent.
  • New Jersey has the most obstetricians and gynecologists (per 100,000 residents), 23, which is 11.5 times more than in Kansas, the fewest at 2.
  • Massachusetts has the highest parental leave policy score, 160, while 9 states, such as Alabama, Michigan and South Dakota, tie for the lowest at 0.

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