Nowadays everybody is so used to hearing bad news, many of us get beaten down by it. That's why whenever I hear a little GOOD news, I like to spread the joy among my Berkshire County family and friends.

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And let me tell you, this is truly some excellent news! According to WalletHub, the personal finance website, the Bay State performs very well in its latest study. As a matter of fact, Massachusetts tops the list at #1!

WalletHub always puts together great studies and state-by-state rankings, and this one is no exception. It's been 2023 for a little while now and WalletHub has published its list of 2023's Best and Worst States to Raise a Family and as I already mentioned Massachusetts is #1!

To come up with the results for the best states to raise a family, WalletHub compared all 50 states across several family-friendly indicators such as infant mortality rate, separation rate, divorce rate, percentage of families with young children, violent crime, housing affordability, etc.

Now interestingly enough, Massachusetts did not rank #1 in any of the individual key metrics but ranked high enough or performed well enough in the majority of them to grab #1 overall.

As a matter of fact, the highest Massachusetts ranked in any of the key categories was #2 in the category for "Percentage of Residents Aged 12+ Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19".

Out of the 5 major metrics, Massachusetts ranks in the top 10 in 4 of them: "Family Fun", "Health & Safety", "Education & Child Care", and "Affordability". And even in the final major metric, "Socio-economics", Massachusetts still did fairly well with a placing at #22.

Here are the official Best States to Raise a Family in 2023 according to WalletHub:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Minnesota
  3. New York
  4. North Dakota
  5. Vermont
  6. New Hampshire
  7. New Jersey
  8. Nebraska
  9. Iowa
  10. Connecticut

And with Rhode Island at #11 and Maine at #16, I'd say New England is a pretty good region to raise a family, wouldn't you? And in case you were wondering, the worst state to raise a family is the state of Mississippi.

Believe me, there is a lot more to check out in this study. Take a look for yourself by visiting WalletHub's website here.

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