In WalletHub’s analysis of the Best & Worst States to Raise a Family, Massachusetts ranked No. 6 overall and earned particularly high marks in four out of five categories, including “family fun,” “health and safety,” “education and child care,” and “affordability.” But even in “socio-economics,” the final category, it outranked 28 states. Education and technology are unsurprisingly Massachusetts’ biggest industries, considering the state is the No. 1 most educated and third most innovative. Parents with high family standards therefore have little to sacrifice — and much to gain — by relocating to the Bay State.
As in any other state, however, certain cities excel more than others and offer better perks to parents with young children. That being the case, WalletHub’s data team compared 86 cities (MA has 14 counties, 39 cities and 312 towns) in Massachusetts based on 21 key indicators of family-friendliness. Its data set ranges from median family income to school-system quality to housing affordability. Read on for the findings, methodology and expert insight on certain family matters from a panel of researchers.