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  • Cost to care for an infant in every state
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    Cost to care for an infant in every state

    No matter where you are, having a baby is expensive. While the joy they bring is immeasurable, the financial consequences of having a child can cause significant strain on any family. On top of medical costs, there’s formula, diapers, clothing, and a number of other expenses that wind up taking a big bite out of a family’s savings account. A middle-class family can expect to pay $12,000, on average, to care for a newborn’s first year of life. Considering that the median household income in the United States is now $61,372, that means that nearly 20% of a family’s yearly income can go toward supporting their adorable new addition.

    To better understand the cost to care for an infant in every state in America, Stacker took data from The Economic Policy Institute that broke down the numbers in April 2016 using their in-depth Minimum Wage Tracker and Family Budget Calculator. The rankings are all sorted by annual infant care costs and any ties were broken by the higher total of infant care costs as a share of median family income.

    Click through to see how many states have infant care costs under $10,000 and which East Coast power center surpassed the $20,000 mark.

    ALSO: Best and worst states for working dads

  • #51. Mississippi
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    #51. Mississippi

    Annual infant care costs: $4,822
    Median family income: $44,717
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 10.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 51.2%

  • #50. Alabama
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    #50. Alabama

    Annual infant care costs: $5,637
    Median family income: $51,206
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 11%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 48.4%

  • #49. South Dakota
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    #49. South Dakota

    Annual infant care costs: $5,661
    Median family income: $61,765
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 9.2%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 57.7%

  • #48. Louisiana
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    #48. Louisiana

    Annual infant care costs: $5,747
    Median family income: $53,354
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 10.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 49.8%

  • #47. Tennessee
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    #47. Tennessee

    Annual infant care costs: $5,857
    Median family income: $52,097
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 11.2%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 47.2%

  • #46. Arkansas
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    #46. Arkansas

    Annual infant care costs: $5,995
    Median family income: $46,943
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 12.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 42.8%

  • #45. Kentucky
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    #45. Kentucky

    Annual infant care costs: $6,294
    Median family income: $53,205
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 11.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 43.3%

  • #44. South Carolina
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    #44. South Carolina

    Annual infant care costs: $6,475
    Median family income: $51,388
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 12.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 43%

  • #43. Wyoming
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    #43. Wyoming

    Annual infant care costs: $6,541
    Median family income: $69,213
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 9.5%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 55.3%

  • #42. Oklahoma
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    #42. Oklahoma

    Annual infant care costs: $6,788
    Median family income: $52,275
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 13%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 42.1%

  • #41. Idaho
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    #41. Idaho

    Annual infant care costs: $7,200
    Median family income: $53,897
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 13.4%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 37.5%

  • #40. Georgia
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    #40. Georgia

    Annual infant care costs: $7,644
    Median family income: $55,411
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 13.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 37.7%

  • #39. Nebraska
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    #39. Nebraska

    Annual infant care costs: $7,926
    Median family income: $63,135
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 12.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 39.9%

  • #38. West Virginia
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    #38. West Virginia

    Annual infant care costs: $7,926
    Median family income: $52,485
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 15.1%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 28.5%

  • #37. New Mexico
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    #37. New Mexico

    Annual infant care costs: $7,942
    Median family income: $46,697
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 17%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 32.9%

  • #36. North Dakota
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    #36. North Dakota

    Annual infant care costs: $8,217
    Median family income: $71,072
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 11.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 44.6%

  • #35. Hawaii
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    #35. Hawaii

    Annual infant care costs: $8,280
    Median family income: $74,919
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 11.1%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 47.3%

  • #34. Missouri
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    #34. Missouri

    Annual infant care costs: $8,632
    Median family income: $57,983
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 14.9%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 32%

  • #33. Utah
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    #33. Utah

    Annual infant care costs: $8,641
    Median family income: $65,830
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 13.1%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 37.4%

  • #32. Florida
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    #32. Florida

    Annual infant care costs: $8,694
    Median family income: $52,345
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 16.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 30.2%

  • #31. Texas
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    #31. Texas

    Annual infant care costs: $8,759
    Median family income: $56,373
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 15.5%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 34.7%

  • #30. Indiana
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    #30. Indiana

    Annual infant care costs: $8,918
    Median family income: $57,166
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 15.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 29.2%

  • #29. Ohio
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    #29. Ohio

    Annual infant care costs: $8,977
    Median family income: $59,491
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 15.1%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 31.2%

  • #28. Montana
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    #28. Montana

    Annual infant care costs: $9,062
    Median family income: $58,492
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 15.5%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 28%

  • #27. North Carolina
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    #27. North Carolina

    Annual infant care costs: $9,255
    Median family income: $53,550
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 17.3%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 26.7%

  • #26. Arizona
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    #26. Arizona

    Annual infant care costs: $9,437
    Median family income: $53,470
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 17.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 27.9%

  • #25. Iowa
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    #25. Iowa

    Annual infant care costs: $9,485
    Median family income: $65,444
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 14.5%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 30%

  • #24. Maine
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    #24. Maine

    Annual infant care costs: $9,512
    Median family income: $56,767
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 16.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 26.7%

  • #23. Nevada
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    #23. Nevada

    Annual infant care costs: $9,852
    Median family income: $53,900
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 18.3%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 23.8%

  • #22. Michigan
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    #22. Michigan

    Annual infant care costs: $9,882
    Median family income: $59,940
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 16.5%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 26%

  • #21. Virginia
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    #21. Virginia

    Annual infant care costs: $10,458
    Median family income: $76,610
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 13.7%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 35.6%

  • #20. Pennsylvania
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    #20. Pennsylvania

    Annual infant care costs: $10,640
    Median family income: $67,296
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 15.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 27.5%

  • #19. Alaska
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    #19. Alaska

    Annual infant care costs: $10,957
    Median family income: $76,571
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 14.3%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 35.5%

  • #18. Delaware
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    #18. Delaware

    Annual infant care costs: $11,000
    Median family income: $70,007
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 15.7%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 28.9%

  • #17. Kansas
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    #17. Kansas

    Annual infant care costs: $11,201
    Median family income: $62,752
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 17.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 23.5%

  • #16. Vermont
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    #16. Vermont

    Annual infant care costs: $11,270
    Median family income: $65,941
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 17.1%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 22.7%

  • #15. Oregon
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    #15. Oregon

    Annual infant care costs: $11,322
    Median family income: $56,660
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 20%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 22.1%

  • #14. New Jersey
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    #14. New Jersey

    Annual infant care costs: $11,534
    Median family income: $88,627
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 13%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 38%

  • #13. Wisconsin
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    #13. Wisconsin

    Annual infant care costs: $11,579
    Median family income: $65,708
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 17.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 21.4%

  • #12. New Hampshire
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    #12. New Hampshire

    Annual infant care costs: $11,810
    Median family income: $81,832
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 14.4%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 30.3%

  • #11. California
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    #11. California

    Annual infant care costs: $11,817
    Median family income: $63,605
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 18.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 28.5%

  • #10. Washington
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    #10. Washington

    Annual infant care costs: $12,733
    Median family income: $68,794
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 18.5%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 24%

  • #9. Rhode Island
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    #9. Rhode Island

    Annual infant care costs: $12,867
    Median family income: $67,119
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 19.2%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 21.9%

  • #8. Illinois
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    #8. Illinois

    Annual infant care costs: $12,964
    Median family income: $67,694
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 19.2%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 22.3%

  • #7. Colorado
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    #7. Colorado

    Annual infant care costs: $13,154
    Median family income: $69,903
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 18.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 22.6%

  • #6. Connecticut
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    #6. Connecticut

    Annual infant care costs: $13,880
    Median family income: $86,981
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 16%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 28.1%

  • #5. Maryland
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    #5. Maryland

    Annual infant care costs: $13,932
    Median family income: $86,833
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 16%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 27.7%

  • #4. New York
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    #4. New York

    Annual infant care costs: $14,144
    Median family income: $66,830
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 21.2%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 20.3%

  • #3. Minnesota
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    #3. Minnesota

    Annual infant care costs: $14,366
    Median family income: $76,538
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 18.8%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 17.8%

  • #2. Massachusetts
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    #2. Massachusetts

    Annual infant care costs: $17,062
    Median family income: $87,580
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 19.5%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 18.7%

  • #1. Washington D.C.
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    #1. Washington D.C.

    Annual infant care costs: $22,631
    Median family income: $63,587
    Infant care costs as a share of median family income: 35.6%
    Share of families able to afford infant care (costs are 10% or less of income): 9.4%

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