You Gotta Love Massachusetts! Weather or not it really is a great place to live especially here in the Berkshires. There is a lot that goes into a decision to move your family to the best place for them.

And the reasons are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or perhaps a general desire to change settings.

But wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, which might offer, for instance, a low income-tax rate yet poor education system. Consequently, a family must make unnecessary sacrifices — the kinds that are easily avoided by knowing which states offer the best combination of qualities that matter most to parents and their kids.

A new study  from wallethub ranked all 50 states from the best place to raise a family to the worst.  And the best state for your family in 2018 is  Massachusetts.

The rankings are based on 42 different factors, including things like the quality of schools . . . children's hospitals and pediatricians . . . childcare costs . . . crime rates . . . housing prices . . . attractions . . . and other families with young children.

They did NOT include weather, as you'll see from the results.

And the 10 worst states are:  New Mexico . . . Mississippi . . . Alabama . . . West Virginia . . . Louisiana . . . Oklahoma . . . South Carolina . . . Arkansas . . . Georgia . . . and Nevada.

The top 10 states are listed below.  What state do you like the best?

 

  • 1

    Massachusetts

  • 2

    Minnesota

  • 3

    New Hampshire

  • 4

    North Dakota

  • 5

    Vermont

  • 6

    Wisconsin

  • 7

    New York

  • 8

    Iowa

  • 9

    Nebraska

  • 10

    California