As a first-time mom, here is perhaps the biggest thing I'm learning: being a parent is tough.

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For real. While it's the most fulfilling thing I've done, it's certainly the toughest too. There are so many things to worry about when you have a little one... are they going to the right school? Are they getting a proper diet? Is their mind being enriched enough?

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Photo via Canva

Those questions are partly answered by where you live because where you live can make a big difference. This brings us to the question that umbrellas all the others: where's the best place to raise a family?

What's the Best State to Raise a Family?

That's the question that WalletHub asked and answered; Which are the best and worst states to raise a family? WalletHub compared all 50 states across multiple indicators to determine which states were the most family-friendly. Those indicators include;

  • Family Fun Rank - How many families had young children, the number of "family-friendly" attractions nearby, and how many children live in neighborhoods with a park or playground
  • Health & Safety Rank - how many children have health insurance vs. those that don't, the infant mortality rate, violent crimes per capita
  • Education & Child Care Rank - the quality of public schools, graduation rate, child care quality and costs
  • Affordability Rank - housing affordability, paid family leave, median annual family income
  • Socio-economics Rank - the separation/divorce rate, the share of families living in poverty, unemployment rank

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WalletHub analyzed the data and gave a ranking to each of the 50 states. And despite the fact that I absolutely adored growing up in Michigan, it turns out it might not be the best state in which to raise a family.

Best & Worst States to Raise a Family 2024

See where Michigan falls on the list and how it compares to the other states across America.

The Best and Worst States to Raise a Family in 2024

WalletHub took a look at the different factors that make a state great for raising a family. Factors like the unemployment rate, the cost & quality of child care, the number of nearby family-friendly attractions, and more. After analyzing the data, WalletHub ranked the best and the worst states to raise a family for 2024. See where each states fall in the list below.

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These 11 Michigan School Districts Spend the Least Per Student

There are more than 500 school districts across the state of Michigan, and if you think they all invest about the same amount of money per student - you couldn't be more wrong. These are the 11 Michigan school districts that spend the least per student, according to WalletHub.

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Top 12 Michigan High Schools For Athletes

Where do Michigan's student-athletes thrive the most? According to Niche, these are the 12 best schools in Michigan for athletes.

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