Ranking: Georgia at the bottom of the list for places to raise a family


Planning to settle down with a spouse and a couple of kids soon? Think twice before considering Georgia, because it has been named one of the worst states to raise a family, according to WalletHub.

Overall, The Peach State earned the No. 44 spot in the finance website’s “2017 Best & Worst States to Raise a Family” ranking.

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To determine the best and worst states, WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and Washington D.C., using 40 metrics grouped into to five major categories: family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability and socioeconomics.

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Georgia ranked low in all five sections.

Here are the individual results:

  • Family fun: 37
  • Health and safety: 46
  • Education and child care: 41
  • Affordability: 45
  • Socioeconomics: 40

North Dakota placed first overall thanks to its high scores in several of the subcategories including most affordable housing, lowest percentage of families below poverty level and lowest divorce rate.

New Hampshire took the No. 2 pick. Its low infant mortality and violent crime rates helped it place high.

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Want to know how other states fared? Here’s a map of the findings.

Source: WalletHub