Report finds Utah one of worst states to raise kids

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Photo: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Photo: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

SALT LAKE CITY–  A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research has ranked the best and worst states to raise children in. Bad news for the Beehive State– Utah received an F. In fact, Utah was ranked the second worst place to raise children, only behind Indiana.

The information is based on which states support working parents.  Researchers looked at paid leave, dependent and elder care, child care, and the gender gap in the labor force.


According to the report, the best states:

1. New York

2. California

3. District of Columbia

4. New Jersey

5. Rhode Island


And the worst states:

47. Wyoming

48. Mississippi

49. Montana

50. Utah

51. Indiana


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  • John Ashman

    This is the most moronic “study” I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot. There is zero provable correlation between these government programs and happy, healthy kids. In fact, where they exist, it is due to the failure of that state’s society and government which causes misery and desperation.

  • Bin Liu

    That I agree.. the maternity leave policy is much better in CA than in NC, but after that, I would rather raise my kid in NC, cheap and natural… I don’t have to worry about kids being so liberal…

  • bob

    Apparently the probability of your kids being shot to death wasn’t high on their list of concerns.

    Perhaps they consider easy access to crack cocaine to be conducive to child rearing?

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