2014’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby

2014’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby

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I just received some interesting info that I thought I would share with you.  Have you ever wondered which states would be the worst or best to have a baby in?

Honestly this never crossed my mind, but a recent study just put out an interesting list, check it out:

“With September being the most popular month to have a baby and the United States having the most expensive birthing costs in the world, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst States to Have a Baby.

To enlighten expectant parents on the costs and conditions they can anticipate with respect to where they live, WalletHub examined 22 key metrics such as delivery costs, access to pediatric services and the number of child care centers per capita.”

Best States to Have a Baby Worst States to Have a Baby
1 Vermont 42 North Carolina
2 Maine 43 West Virginia
3 Oregon 44 Georgia
4 Connecticut 45 New York
5 New Hampshire 46 Nevada
6 Wyoming 47 Pennsylvania
7 Iowa 48 South Carolina
8 Massachusetts 49 Mississippi
9 Alaska 50 Louisiana
10 Utah 51 Alabama

Key Stats

  • The average annual infant care costs in the District of Columbia are 4 times higher than in Mississippi.
  • The infant death rate in Mississippi is 3 times higher than in Alaska.
  • The number of child centers per capita in Vermont is 9 times higher than in Utah.
  • The rate of low birth weight in Mississippi is 2 times higher than in Alaska.
  • The number of OB-GYNs per capita in District of Columbia is 9 times higher than in West Virginia.
  • California has the best parental leave policies, whereas 17 states tied for the worst.
  • The number of pediatricians per capita in the District of Columbia is 92 times higher than in Pennsylvania.


And there you have it!   Very interesting info!

If you want to see the full report to see where Michigan ranks, click here.

What are your thoughts on this study?

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Lindsey Jenn

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