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Having a baby comes with lots of joy, and excitement, but it’s also very expensive. WalletHub, a personal financial website, just ranked a list of the best and worst states to have babies when it comes to expenses.

The study looked at data from all 50 states such as conventional delivery charges at hospitals, annual average infant-care costs, pediatricians per capita, midwives per capita and infant mortality rates.

Here were the results:

“Worst” States to Have A Baby Based On Expenses

  •  Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • South Carolina
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
  • Georgia
  • Arkansas
  • Nevada
  • Florida
  • West Virginia

“Best States to Have A Baby Based On Expenses

  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • Washington
  • Colorado
  •  Connecticut
  • Utah


I find it interesting that the most expensive states to have babies are mostly the southern states. But regardless of which state you live in, having a baby is expensive… An average conventional birth is about $10,000.