The Best and Worst States for Raising a Family in 2019

No. 10 best state: Nebraska and South Dakota (tie)

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Total score: 57.26 out of 100

Nebraska offers affordable housing, ranking second only to neighboring Iowa, and there are plenty of families with kids. Unfortunately, Nebraska also has the highest child care costs of any state, WalletHub found.

There are plenty of fun things for families to do in cities like Lincoln and Omaha — including the critically acclaimed Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha and the Lincoln Children’s Museum — as well as outdoors experiences to enjoy. Another example is the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park in North Platte, which we cite in “The One Attraction You Just Have to Visit in Each State.”

If child care is too expensive for you in Nebraska, consider neighbor to the north South Dakota. It earned the same total score as Nebraska but boasts the second-lowest child care costs in the country. It also ranks No. 7 in the category of health and safety.

Home to the beautiful Black Hills mountain range (with various wintertime skiing and snowboarding resorts) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota also offers ample activities for family enjoyment.

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