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Cost to care for an infant in every state

  • 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.

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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%

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