Arizona Ranked 37 in Nation For First-Time Families

Despite our new and developing areas in Chandler and Gilbert, Arizona is below average in places to start a new family according to WalletHub

Thinking about starting a family with that special someone? Well, it may be easier to do it somewhere else in the country…

The personal finance website WalletHub ranked all 50 states and Washington D.C on how good of states they are for starting a family.

They used cost, health care, baby-friendliness and family-friendliness as the main factors in determining the best of the best.

After all stats were tabulated, Arizona came in at No. 37 overall. Not terrible.

Two main factors barred us from getting any higher: healthcare and family friendliness. We ranked 35 and 40 in both (in order).

Our best category? Baby-friendliness, ranked 15. This is mostly in due part to our forgiving parental-leave policies and nationally renown child-care centers (such as Phoenix Children’s Hospital).

The best state in the union to raise a family was Vermont, according to the study. They were voted to have the best healthcare system and the 4th best hospitality in terms of family-friendliness.

Morning Show Host Steve Grosz’s home state of North Dakota fared not too far behind at No. 3.

On the opposite end of the rankings, Mississippi was dead last in the study. Their struggle was healthcare (51st) and family-friendliness (49th)

I grew up in Arizona, and I turned out fine… Right?

Mateo Valdez

Hi! This is Mateo Valdez, current co-host of the Morning Beat with Steve since April 1st, 2019. Articles seen here can also be heard live at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 AM during the Morning Beat every weekday, Monday-Friday.