With the calendar turning to 2021, many families find themselves looking for a fresh start and new beginnings. Other families are taking the new year as the turning of the page and brighter days ahead and hope of the pandemic dying down.

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The financial website Wallet Hub just released their 2021 rankings for best and worst states to raise a family in and Minnesota was ranked as 2nd best.

According to the website's report, Wallet Hub dove into 52-key factors to find out which state was the best one to raise a family in. Here is where Minnesota stacked up across some of their key metrics.

Raising a Family in Minnesota (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
• 6th – % of Families with Young Children
• 13th – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income)
• 13th – Infant-Mortality Rate
• 1st – Median Annual Family Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
• 12th – Violent Crimes per Capita
• 2nd – % of Families in Poverty
• 17th – Housing Affordability
• 13th – Unemployment Rate
• 5th – Separation & Divorce Rate


Source: WalletHub

Massachusetts was rated #1 on the list, while North Dakota was #3, New York #4, and Vermont at #5. The bottom of the list featured New Mexico at #50, Mississippi at #49, and West Virginia at #48.

Here in the midwest, Iowa came in at #12, South Dakota at #13, and Wisconsin at #14. As you can see from the map above, according to the study the midwest is a great place to raise a family.  For those looking to move in 2021 for a completely new start, this list might help give you a starting point on where you want to be next and to find a state that better meets your needs.


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