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Survey: Tennessee among 2021’s worst states to raise a family

Tennessee is among the year’s worst states to raise a family, according to a report from WalletHub.
Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 4:27 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 5:37 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee is among the year’s worst states to raise a family, according to a report from WalletHub.

WalletHub puts the Volunteer State at 39 on the list of 50 states where families will be happiest. It ranked 47th for “health and safety.” Tennessee was also ranked among the top 5 states with the most violent crimes per capita.

The survey hasn’t changed views for families living in the state, however.

WVLT News talked to Rachel Simpson, a mother of three in Knoxville, who has spent much of her life in Tennessee.

“You’ve got a great community,” said Simpson of living here. “You’ve got people who care about you.”

Another family, Kayla and Ryan Appel, picked Tennessee over their previous home in Pennsylvania.

“Morally, ethically, religiously. There’s just so many good positives to raising kids in Tennessee,” they said.

Both added that the area has pretty decent wages compared to the cost of living. Knoxville, in fact, was named one of the best cities in the country to get a job.

Like the Appels and Simpson, pediatrician Laura Kraus and her husband also chose to raise their family in the Volunteer State.

“I would never move anywhere else. I love where I live,” Dr. Kraus said. She said her family enjoys being outdoors, hiking and camping.

WalletHub said it used numerous factors to come up with the survey rankings.

“To help with the evaluation process, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 52 key indicators of family-friendliness. WalletHub compared the 50 states across five key dimensions: 1) Family Fun, 2) Health & Safety, 3) Education & Child Care, 4) Affordability and 5) Socio-economics,” the site said.

The best state to raise a family, according to the report, is Massachusetts, while the worst is New Mexico.

Source: WalletHub

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