The bean counters at WalletHub have been at it again, this time looking at the data and crunching the numbers to determine which states are the best for raising a family. And no surprise here -- Minnesota was among the best.

We're number four! We're number four! (I don't think they sell foam fingers for that.) Here's how the top-five best states for raising a family stack up:

  1. North Dakota
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Vermont
  4. Minnesota
  5. Nebraska

The bottom five were Alaska #46, Nevada #47, Louisiana #48, Mississippi $59, and new Mexico #50. You can see the full list of all 50 states ranked HERE.

Raising a Family in Minnesota by the Numbers (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 10th – % of Families with Kids
  • 16th – Child Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income)
  • 15th – Infant Mortality Rate
  • 3rd – Median Family Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 12th – Violent-Crime Rate
  • 5th – % of Families Below Poverty Level
  • 6th – Housing Affordability
  • 7th – Unemployment Rate
  • 4th – Divorce Rate
  • 9th – % of Two-Parent Families

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