New Mexico Worst State to Raise a Family
New Mexicans who really want to do right by their family should put the wheels back on their double wide and move to another state.
That's because The Land of Enchantment has been named the worst state to raise a family in.
The study, conducted by the list-happy personal finance website Wallethub, looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and determined each state's ranking based on 40 indicators including median family salary, divorce rates, home prices, and crime.
New Mexico had the second highest percentage of families living below the poverty level, and one of the 5 worst violent crime rates per capita in the nation. A high unemployment and divorce rate also contributed to the Land of Enchantment's poor overall score.
The only positive was its #18 ranking in the “family fun” category, which takes things like the number of attractions, arcades per capita, and weather into consideration.
Mississippi, Louisiana, Nevada and Alaska round out the 5 worst states to raise a family in. North Dakota was deemed the best, followed by New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota and Nebraska.