Inflation is through the roof so when the list of the best and worst places to raise a family came out I was nervous about where New Jersey landed.

I know it is expensive here in New Jersey but what about that old adage “you get what you pay for”? Financial website WalletHub did research to figure out the best and worst places to raise a family with cost being one of the focal points. Where does New Jersey fall on the list?

Sometimes to raise a healthy, happy family you may have to up and move. Better schools, cost of living, weather threats, and opportunities are a few of the reasons that some people decide they have to settle somewhere else. How many people are picking to either stay or leave New Jersey when starting a family? It turns out, we do pretty darn well when it comes to offering a great childhood here in the Garden State.

To get to the bottom of which states are the best to raise kids WalletHub compared all 50 states with some key topics like education, friendliness, income opportunity, housing affordability, unemployment rate, recreation, safety, and more.

Source: WalletHub

Raising a Family in New Jersey (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
17th – % of Families with Young Children
5th – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income)
4th – Infant-Mortality Rate
4th – Median Annual Family Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
5th – Violent Crimes per Capita
17th – % of Families in Poverty
1st – Unemployment Rate
3rd – Separation & Divorce Rate
8th – Percentage of Residents Aged 12+ Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
All in all I’m pretty proud of our state and I’m super grateful to raise my kiddos here!

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