According to WalletHub’s 2019’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family, Louisiana isn’t just one of the worst; it’s among the worst of the worst narrowly missing the bottom rank by about only four points.

Published this week, the list ranks Louisiana as the third worst state to raise a family, pulling ahead of Mississippi and New Mexico, respectively.

To reach the rankings, each state was evaluated and scored 1-100 based on different indicators of family-friendliness including its number of family attractions and pediatricians per capita and its wealth gap and water quality.

Louisiana's total score is 36.14 compared to Minnesota’s 65.32 total score, making it the best state to raise a family.

States were also scored and ranked in five overall categories: family fun, health and safety, education and child care, affordability, and socio-economics. Louisiana ranks in the top 20 for family fun, but 38 for affordability, 48 for education and child care, and 49 for health and safety and socio-economics.

According to the data, Louisiana is among the states with the highest levels of infant deaths, crimes per capita, families living in poverty, and divorce rates.

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