ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Just when New Mexico’s largest city was basking in the glow of a recent report indicating the first decrease in overall crime in eight years, a report from WalletHub, the personal finance website, says New Mexico is the worst state in which to raise a family.
In making that determination, WalletHub, based in Washington, D.C., looked at five areas: family fun; health and safety; education and child care; affordability; and socio-economics.
Those areas were evaluated using 49 metrics, each of which was graded on a 100-point scale. WalletHub then determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and to rank each state from first as best to 50th as worst.
According to the survey, New Mexico ranked 36th in the family fun category, 43rd in health and safety, 49th in education and child care, 45th in affordability and 50th in socio-economics.