2019's Best & Worst States to Have a Baby

With August being one of the most popular months for newborn arrival and Americans paying the highest birthing costs in the world, the WalletHub has released its report on 2019's Best & Worst States to Have a Baby. To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.

Best States to Have a Baby:

1. Vermont
2. Massachusetts
3. North Dakota
4. Rhode Island
5. Minnesota
6. New Hampshire
7. Washington
8. Colorado
9. Connecticut
10. Utah

Worst States to Have a Baby:

42. West Virginia
43. Florida
44. Nevada
45. Arkansas
46. Georgia
47. Oklahoma
48. Louisiana
49. South Carolina
50. Alabama
51. Mississippi

Lowest Average Annual Infant-Care Costs

1. Mississippi
2. South Carolina
3. Alabama
4. Arkansas
5. Missouri

Highest Average Annual Infant-Care Costs:

47. Colorado
48. New York
T-49. Massachusetts
T-49. Nebraska
T-49. District of Columbia

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