What makes an area a good place to raise a family? Cost of living, career opportunities, and school systems are some of the main selling points for people when they are looking to move. WalletHub’s recent report ranked the state of Massachusetts as the best state to raise a family.
In order to compile all 50 states into a ranking, WalletHub examined 51 different criteria points. They were categorized into the following groupings; family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability and socio-economics. From there a point system was applied and then totaled to determine what was highest to lowest on the scale. A score of 100 represented the most favorable condition to raise a family.
The Bay State finished with the highest score, coming in at 66.14 points. Education and Child Care was a top category where Massachusetts thrived. In addition, so was health and safety conditions in the state.
Niche recently compiled a similar report and took it a step further by identifying Cambridge as a top city to raise a family. “Living in Cambridge offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Cambridge, there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Cambridge and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Cambridge are highly rated,” they state.
In general, all of New England scored quite well with WalletHub. Vermont finished fifth, and New Hampshire finished sixth. Furthermore, Connecticut rounded out the top 10. Overall, all of New England was in the top 20 with Rhode Island claiming the 11th spot, and Maine being number 16.
The details WalletHub are sharing are aimed at helping families consider what is most important to them when looking for a place to build their lives. Massachusetts clearly has a lot to offer.