Some indications that a state is a good place to raise children is that it has family-friendly activities, a safe, positive community and economic stability. A location with a good health community and good schools is also important.
According to these factors, some of the best places to raise a family in the U.S. in 2013 and 2014 were Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. In 2013 and 2014, Mississippi and New Mexico were ranked among the worst states to live in with children. For 2015, the best places to raise a family are Vermont, Iowa and Massachusetts. The worst states were Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. There is a map of states that are ranked based on how family-friendly the state is, with the southern states ranking much lower than the north. Texas, California and Florida were all ranked low, largely due to poor job markets and high living costs.
Some states near the middle of the spectrum include Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Maine. Looking at the income and job stability of a state is important because families with one income or single parent households need affordable places to live. This keeps them above the poverty line and gives them adequate financial resources.