Study Ranks Oklahoma as one of the Worst States in the Country to Raise a Family

KOKH - January 10, 2023 6:40 am

Oklahoma ranks as one of the worst states in the country to raise a family, according to a new WalletHub survey.

WalletHub ranked the Sooner State 43rd on its 2023 report of the best and worst states to raise a family.

To determine the best states in which to put down family roots, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 51 key indicators of family-friendliness.

The data set ranges from the median annual family income to housing affordability to the unemployment rate.

Raising a Family in Oklahoma (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 26th – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income)
  • 33rd – Infant-Mortality Rate
  • 30th – Median Annual Family Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 38th – Violent Crimes per Capita
  • 43rd – % of Families in Poverty
  • 27th – Unemployment Rate
  • 45th – Separation & Divorce Rate
  • 33rd – Percentage of Residents Aged 12+ Who Are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

WalletHub found that Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York are the best states to raise a family in 2023.

West Virginia, New Mexico, and Mississippi sit at the bottom of the rankings.


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