Minnesota has added so many feathers to its cap lately it is turning into a feather boa.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes has just been named the second-best state in the nation for raising a family, and we were beat out by a fraction of a percentage by the number one state.

Wallethub was the service that conducted this survey, basing its findings on 52 different metrics like annual family income, housing affordability, childcare costs, and the unemployment rate.

Minnesota ranked second overall with a score of 60.57. Here is how we ranked in certain metrics:

Family Fun - #14

Health and Safety - #5

Education and Childcare - #8

Affordibility - #11

Highest Median Household Income - #1

Lowest % of Families in Poverty - #2

Lowest Separation and Divorce Rates - #5

The only state that beat us for that top spot was Massachussetts with an overall score of 60.88. Following us was North Dakota with a score of 60.10, New York with 59.80, and Vermont with 59.16.

The rest of the Midwest did fairly well with Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin coming in 11-14th place respectively.

I'm not raising a family myself (unless my dog counts), but I was born and raised in Minnesota and I have to say I'm a big fan of my upbringing. Growing up in rural Minnesota was a big part of that. Summers are spent at the lake, winters were spent playing in the snow in the woods. Minnesotans are nice and humble people, we had what we needed and that was enough.

Source: WalletHub
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