After publishing a study last week ranking the best cities in the Land of Lincoln to raise a family, Wallet Hub ranked Illinois twelve in its "Best and Worst State to Raise a Family," rankings.
The rankings were determined by factoring in the following categories.
Raising a Family in Illinois (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
12th – % of Families with Young Kids
27th – Child-Care Costs (Adjusted for Median Family Income)
27th – Infant-Mortality Rate
6th – Median Family Salary (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
35th – Violent-Crime Rate
26th – % of Families in Poverty
18th – Housing Affordability
45th – Unemployment Rate
10th – Separation & Divorce Rate
The midwest as a whole fared well in these rankings. Minnesota was ranked second with Wisconsin coming in at six, Iowa eight, Missouri twenty four and Indiana thirty.