Florida ranks 7th as 'Worst State to Have a Baby' says WalletHub
With August being one of the most popular months for newborn arrival and Americans paying the highest birthing costs in the world, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.
Florida ranked #45 out of 51 (51 states plus the District of Columbia).
The top 5 best states to have a baby are Vermont, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Connecticut and North Dakota.
To determine the most ideal places in the U.S. for parents and their newborns, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key measures of cost, health care accessibility and baby-friendliness. The data set ranges from hospital conventional-delivery charges to annual average infant-care costs to pediatricians per capita.
Having a Baby in Florida (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
- 34th – Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges
- 34th – Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges
- 28th – Avg. Annual Cost of Early Child Care
- 29th – Infant Mortality Rate
- 37th – Rate of Low Birth-Weight
- 29th – Midwives & OB-GYNs per Capita
- 20th – Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
- 24th – Child-Care Centers per Capita
- 27th – Parental-Leave Policy Score
For the full report, please visit WalletHub.