Do you live in a baby-friendly state?
A new study from personal finance website WalletHub, examined the cost of having and caring for a child, as well as the baby friendliness of each state.
And when it comes to new parents and their offspring, some states aren’t doing as much as others to help new parents.
Using government data, WalletHub researchers ranked and compared each state based on hospital delivery costs, health insurance premiums, parental leave policies, and nationally accredited child-care centers, to name a few.
The study found that based on overall ranking, Vermont is the best state to have a baby, and Mississippi is the worst.
But, while Mississippi may have ranked dead last overall, when it comes to lowest average annual infant-care costs, the state ranked first, according to the report.
The nation’s capitol meanwhile was the worst state for child care due to its high average annual infant-care costs. Washington was followed closely by New York and Massachusetts.
Here’s a look at the 5 best states to have a baby, based on overall ranking:
5. New Hampshire
And the worst states to have a baby, based on overall ranking:
48. New York