Texas is said to be the best place for a lot of things, but apparently raising a family isn’t one of them.
According to a recent study conducted by WalletHub, the Lone Star State ranked in the bottom half at No. 28 on 2021’s list of best and worst states to raise a family.
The numbers from WalletHub compare all 50 states across 52 key indicators for family-friendliness, including median annual family income, housing affordability and unemployment rate.
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WalletHub also looked at family fun, health and safety, education and childcare, affordability and socioeconomics for their ratings. Texas earned the following numbers:
Family Fun: 5
Health and Safety: 37
Education and Child Care: 33
“Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state. And the reasons for moving are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or a general desire to change settings,” writes WalletHub’s Adam McCann. “Wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, though. For instance, a state might offer a low income-tax rate but have a subpar education system,” adding that “families do not need to make these kinds of tradeoffs.”
Massachusetts ranked at No. 1 on the list and New Mexico came in dead last. My home state of Mississippi fared even worse than Texas, coming in at No. 49.
With Texas being the second-most moved to state of 2020, hopefully we see some improvement soon.
Source : chron.com