New Hampshire Is One Of The Best States To Have A Baby According To WalletHub
New Hampshire has been crushing the top 10 lists recently. Not surprising, it's a great place to live, but did you know New Hampshire is one of the best places to have a baby? According to WalletHub, the Granite State is one of the best states in the nation to have a baby.
So, New Hampshire is ranked at 5, and most of New England did very well, with Vermont taking the top spot, Maine is 2nd, Connecticut 3rd and Massachusetts comes in at 8.
Here are your top 10 best states to have a baby according to WalletHub:
This is how WalletHub came up with their list:
In order to identify the best and worst states to have a baby, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Delivery Budget, 2) Health Care and 3) Baby-Friendliness.
We evaluated these categories using 17 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 representing the most favorable conditions for expectant parents.
We then calculated overall scores for each state using the weighted average across all metrics, which we then used to construct our overall rankings.
Here are the categories WalletHub used and the 17 relevant metrics with their weights:
Delivery Budget – Total Points: 30
- Hospital Cesarean-Delivery Charges: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- Hospital Conventional-Delivery Charges: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- Average Annual Infant-Care Costs: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- Cost of Living: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
- Average Health Insurance Premiums: Full Weight (~6.00 Points)
Health Care- Total Points: 50
- Infant-Mortality Rate: Full Weight (~6.90 Points)
- Maternal Mortality Ratio (per 100,000 live births): Full Weight (~6.90 Points)
- Rate of Low Birth-Weight: Full Weight (~6.90 Points)
- Rate of Preterm Births: Full Weight (~6.90 Points)
- Number of Midwives & Obstetrician-Gynecologists per Capita: Full Weight (~6.90 Points)
- Number of Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita: Full Weight (~6.90 Points)
- ‘Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition & Care’ (mPINC) Score: Full Weight (~6.90 Points)
- Number of Fertility Clinics per Capita: Quarter Weight (~1.72 Points)
Baby-Friendliness - Total Points: 20
- ‘Parental Leave Policy’ Score: Double Weight (~8.00 Points)
- Number of Mom Groups per Capita: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Number of Child Care Centers per Capita: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
- Percentage of Nationally Accredited Child-Care Centers: Full Weight (~4.00 Points)
WalletHub used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Child Care Aware of America, Council for Community and Economic Research, Commonwealth Fund, National Partnership for Women & Families, Amnesty International USA and BabyCenter.com to come up with their rankings.
I have two kids and both were born in New Hampshire at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover. FANTASTIC experience! We really like our family doctor's office and we are thrilled with the daycare that our daughter attends. I don't have anything to compare it to, but I can see how New Hampshire earned a high ranking.