The research fiends at Wallet Hub know that people are constantly looking to improve their lives and sometimes that means moving somewhere which will facilitate those goals. But when it comes to moving your entire family, you're also looking for affordability, educational and social opportunities and high quality healthcare resources.

In other words you're not only searching for career opportunities, but a family-friendly atmosphere to flourish in. When taking all factors into account, our fair state ended up in 10th position. Not bad, when you consider United Van Lines just named South Dakota the number one moving destination in the U.S.

The United Van Lines study indicated that 60% of people moving to South Dakota, did so because of a job or job transfer, but there are many other reasons why more and more people are moving here.

In the affordable housing category, South Dakota was fourth. We came in third in the lowest unemployment category and for low childcare costs, the state ranked 2nd.

Wallet Hub also looked at things like divorce rates, health and safety issues, poverty levels, weather, commute times, entertainment and educational opportunities, crime, air and water quality and more.

You can peruse the complete report at WalletHub, but for now here are the Top Ten Best Places to Raise a Family:

  1. North Dakota
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Vermont
  4. Minnesota
  5. Nebraska
  6. Massachusetts
  7. New Jersey
  8. Iowa
  9. Connecticut
  10. South Dakota

Source: WalletHub

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