New Mexico is a great state for hiking with its diverse and breathtaking scenery, and if you need to take care of your "recreational" marijuana needs the Land of Enchantment has got you covered, but when it comes to raising a family New Mexico is less than enchanting.

Wallethub has released its 2023 rankings of the Best & Worst States to Raise a Family and the newest of all the Mexico's is near the bottom again.

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For the second year in a row, New Mexico comes in at No. 49 overall based on "51 key indicators of family-friendliness” that includes education, child care, health, safety, and affordability.

After crunching the numbers, the data concluded New Mexico has one of the highest percentages of families living below the poverty level, was dead last when it comes to median family income, and has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation.

Also not helping New Mexico’s case and contributing to the state’s poor overall score is a divorce/separation rate near the bottom.

Perhaps New Mexicans who want to do right by their family should consider putting the wheels back on their double wide and moving to one of its neighboring states, which all fared better.

Here’s how New Mexico’s neighboring states did: Utah was No. 15 overall, Colorado No. 20, Texas No. 26 and Arizona landed at 41.

2023 Worst States Bottom 10


50. Mississippi
49. New Mexico
48. West Virginia
47. Louisiana
46. South Carolina
45. Alabama
44. Arkansas
43. Oklahoma
42. Georgia
41. Arizona

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