Find Out What the Best and Worst States to Have a Baby in 2018
Having a baby is a joyous time for any family but extra expenses can add up when preparing for your little one. Besides the added costs of strollers, cribs, and diapers you will incur families need to plan for the costs of delivery and their hospital stay. The average delivery bill for welcoming your newborn in the U.S. is over $10,000.
But what state you deliver your baby can affect the cost for your family and it’s out of your control. Your out of pocket expenses while in the delivery room can vary by state. See where your state ranks on the best and worst states to have a baby.
Many factors play into where your state ranks. WalletHub determined the most attractive states to have your child based on 26 key factors through dataanalysis. Some key data points they considered include infant care costs, delivery charges, and child care centers per capita.
Which States Came Out on Top?
Vermont came in at number one as the most ideal state to have a baby in 2018 while the state of
Mississippi came in last due to the state’s higher infant- mortality rates and the low number of midwives and OB-GYNs in the state.
Besides Vermont topping the list of best states Massachusetts came in at second having the third most pediatricians per capita. If you live in Minnesota you’re in luck, they ranked third on the list for having the fifth most midwives and OB-GYNs per capita.
The other seven states that rounded off the top ten included New Hampshire, North Dakota, Connecticut, Colorado, Nebraska, District of Columbia and California coming in at tenth.
Jeff Wallace, a business advisor and assistant professor at Snow College tells WalletHubthat authorities need to be the ones to make the change for their state, “If local authorities want to attract families in their area—and for a host of societal reasons, it would behoove them—they should continue to strive for greater public safety and more family-friendly environments."