WalletHub has released its 2020 rankings of Best and Worst States to Raise a Family, and Michigan comes in at 34 out of 50.
WalletHub used data that were indicators important for raising a family to create its listing. These included such factors as medium family income, the unemployment rate of each state, and whether or not housing was affordable.
There were 50 of these indicators, which were then compiled into five categories. The categories were family fun, education and child care, socioeconomics, affordability, and health and safety. Each state was assigned a score for each category. That score was based on the data drawn from the fifty indicators.
Michigan ranked 38 for family fun, 23 for health and safety, 42 on education and child care, six in affordability and 27 in socioeconomics.
New Mexico was last on the list, while Minnesota was ranked number one for raising a family. Other top states included Massachusetts as well as North Dakota.
Erin Casey, who studies early child development at the University of Oklahoma, told Patch that states could raise their rankings by promoting education. Specifically, addressing issues such as teacher pay, funding programs that help people save for college, as well as providing state-funded kindergarten.