Study: Minnesota, North Dakota in top five states to raise a family

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MINNEAPOLIS (KARE 11 / Valley News Live) -- A new study by WalletHub ranks Minnesota and North Dakota among the top five states in the country to raise a family.

Minnesota comes in second, with North Dakota listed as fourth.

Massachusetts tops the list, with New Hampshire third and Vermont fifth.

Rounding out the top ten are Wisconsin, New York, Iowa, Nebraska and California.

The study compared all 50 states on 42 key indicators of family friendliness -- median family salary, housing affordability, unemployment rate, family fun, education, child care, health, safety and more.

“Minnesota's great schools, excellent quality of life, and good work opportunities are some of the reasons why we have been rated the second best state for families,” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said.

“But the report got one thing wrong: No other state holds a candle to Minnesota!”

Minnesota and North Dakota rank in the top 20 for many of the key indicators, such as health and safety and low percentage of divorce.

In terms of highest median family salary, Minnesota ranks No. 1.

North Dakota ranks No. 1. in education, child care and social economics.