New study involving babies ranks mass #1 – and not in a good way
Look, it’s no secret. Everyone takes care of it. Times are hard. Life is hard. The cost of living seems to continue to rise. And if you’re the parent of a child (or children), the situation is probably even worse.
Well, I just came across a study that, unfortunately, probably won’t make you feel any better. I’m sure many of you are familiar with pregnancy pillows. If not, a quick description. Pregnancy pillows are pillows specially designed for the contours of the pregnant woman’s body. They provide support and help prevent aches and pains.
A California company that makes pregnancy pillows, Body Nest, recently released a list of the most and least expensive states to have a baby. They compiled and analyzed some data to come to their conclusions.
Body Nest has looked at everything from the cost of childbirth, the cost of childcare over the course of a year, and even average annual rent increases across all 50 states. And what did they find (I’m sure you can see it coming)?
Massachusetts (surprise, surprise!) ranks first in Most expensive state to have a baby. The Bay State had the second highest average one-year rate increase at $4,994 (Hawaii was first at $5,747).
Massachusetts did not also bad for the cost of childbirth (several states ranked higher) at $8,782. But it was in the third indicator that Massachusetts came out on top, the average cost of child care for a year, $20,913! By far the most expensive. California was at No. 2, $16,945.
Because Massachusetts ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in two of the three metrics, it was ranked No. 1 overall. The other four states in the top 5 most expensive countries, from #2 to #5, were: California, Alaska, Connecticut and New Jersey.
And, just for fun, the top 5 less Expensive states to have a baby from #5 to #1: Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. To learn more about the study, visit the Body Nest website here.
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