What is the Best State to Have a Baby?

If you are looking for the best state to have a baby, you are in luck if you live in New England.  Turns out in a recent study by wallethub.com, three New England states made the top 5.

The number one spot? That goes to Massachusetts.

Vermont and New Hampshire Also Ranked High

The wallethub.com study looked at a variety of factors.  New Hampshire rated number 2 in the lowest cost cesarean delivery charges if you are looking to save some cash on delivery.

My daughter delivered a baby in New Jersey 6 months ago via c-section and the bill was astronomical.  Fortunately, insurance covered a lot of it, but OMG babies are getting expensive!

If you are going to have a baby the conventional way, New Hampshire still ranks number 2 in cost.

Healthy Babies

The lowest infant mortality rate is in Vermont followed by New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

What makes Massachusetts rated so high?

The wallethub.com study looked at other factors including baby and family friendliness which is rough during a pandemic.

I know my wife couldn’t go to the hospital for the delivery of our grandchild and she was beside herself with worry.  Family friendliness would be high on her category next time.

The study also looked at access to childcare facilities and the number of pediatricians per baby in each state.

All things to keep in mind since my son and his girlfriend are expecting in February.  Happy babies are the best.

Speaking of babies here are the most popular baby names

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.