Minnesota ranked second best state to raise a family

(ABC 6 News) – A new study by WalletHub ranks Minnesota as the second best state in the nation to raise a family.

WalletHub compared all 50 states based on 51 key indicators of family-friendliness including quality of health and safety, education and child care, affordability, family fun, and the economy.  

The study ranked Minnesota at number two overall only behind Massachusetts.

Other findings in the study: Minnesota ranked second overall for lowest percentage of families in poverty behind New Hampshire. Minnesota also ranked second for highest median family income behind Virginia. Meanwhile, Iowa ranked number one as being the state with the most affordable housing.

Governor Tim Walz reacted to the study by saying, “making Minnesota the best state in the country to raise a family has been my mission since I first took office four years ago. In my inaugural address last week, I reiterated that goal,” said Governor Walz. “I am proud of this recognition, but we know that there is more work to be done to help children and families across the state thrive. From lowering costs for working families, investing in a world-class education for our students, and expanding economic opportunity for all Minnesotans, we know how to make Minnesota the best state in the country for children and families.”

To view the WalletHub study, CLICK HERE.