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Hawai’i Ranked Fourth Best State to Have a Baby

September 9, 2015, 2:47 PM HST
* Updated September 9, 3:14 PM
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Hawai’i has been named the fourth best state in the county to have a baby, according to a recent WalletHub study.

September is one of the most popular months for newborn arrivals across the country. In the study, WalletHub used a data set of 21 key metric accounts for budget considerations, health care quality, and baby-friendliness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

While Hawai’i didn’t rank at the top in budget or health care quality major categories, the state fared at number one for the best “baby-friendly environment.”

On a scale with number one being the best, 25 the average, and 51 the worst, Hawai’i ranked 31st “budget” category and 25th in the “health care” category.

Vermont was ranked overall as the best state to have a baby with the top “health care” rank in the country, a relatively low “baby-friendly environment,” ranked fifth, and a below average “budget” ranking in 17th place.

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Both North Dakota and Oregon beat out Hawai’i in the overall rankings, placing third and fourth, consecutively.

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The worst place to have a baby, based on overall rankings, was listed as Mississippi. Mississippi was also listed as the worst state in the “health care” rank.

Best and Worst States to Have a Baby:

Source: WalletHub
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