If you're planning to have a child, or maybe your son or daughter is, there's good news here. New York ranks as the 18th best state in the U.S. for babies. That's the conclusion of a new study from WalletHub, 2018's Best & Worst States to Have a Baby, which measured all fifty states and the District of Columbia in a wide series of statistics to arrive at its result.

The Empire State scored especially well (7th) in the Family Friendliness area and its worst rank (42nd) was in the Costs sub-heading, which includes everything from newborn delivery charges at hospitals, to child care, and child health care costs for babies.

New York also graded out successfully (13th) in the Baby Friendliness category, which measures such metrics as mom groups per capita and parental leave policies at businesses.

Vermont, Massachusetts and Minnesota finished 1-2-3 in the study and Mississippi was dead-last. Interestingly, Louisiana was the least costly state to have and raise a baby, even though it finished 48th overall.

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