Best and Worst States for Single Parenting

 


Each state is not the same when it comes to how much it costs to raise a family. When you're raising a family as a single parent, the cost of doing so can be even more important. Whether you're a soon-to-be single parent, or a single parent looking to move, GOBankingRates offers the following insights.

Best States for Single Parents to Raise Children

New Jersey
Median Household Income: $72,093 (third-highest in the nation)
State Support: Expanded Medicaid, earned-income tax credit and paid family leave program

Rhode Island
Median Household Income: $56,852
State Support: Expanded Medicaid, earned-income tax credit and paid family leave program

Michigan
Average home listing price and grocery costs are among the lowest in the nation
State Support: Expanded Medicaid and earned-income tax credit

Washington
No state income tax allows single parents to keep more of their pay
State Support: Expanded Medicaid, earned-income tax credit and paid family leave program (effective 2019)

Illinois
Fourth-lowest employee contribution amount for employer-sponsored family health coverage
State Support: Expanded Medicaid and earned-income tax credit

Worst States for Single Parents to Raise Children

Florida
Low median household income: $47,507
Does not offer single-parent support systems

Mississippi
Lowest median household income in the nation: $39,665
Does not offer single-parent support systems

Alabama
Fourth-highest family health coverage costs: $5,606
Does not offer single-parent support systems

South Carolina
Ninth-lowest median household income: $45,483
Does not offer single-parent support systems

North Carolina
10th-lowest median household income: $46,868
Does not offer single-parent support systems

*Single-parent support systems include expanded Medicaid, an earned-income tax credit or a guaranteed paid family leave program.

Source: GOBankingRates

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