“Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state,” the report’s author writes. “But wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state. For instance, a state might offer a low income-tax rate but have a subpar education system.”
The report also considered things like median family income, a state’s paid family leave, housing affordability, child care costs, pediatricians per capita and the share of families with young children.
Here’s how Georgia scored:
Overall rank: 42
Family fun rank: 29
Health and safety rank: 45
Education and child care rank: 43
Affordability rank: 35
Socioeconomics rank: 42
Total score: 39.42
Here are the best states for raising a family, according to the report: Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Vermont and New Hampshire.
Georgia is joined in the lowest-ranking states by: South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Mexico.