Most expensive states for raising kids

Parents in these states face hefty bills for infant care, one of the largest expenses involved in raising a child.

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Sep 29, 2012 9:16AM

Wait a minute! 

 How about these families with children also paying taxes to support  families getting FREE child care and FREE groceries, FREE school lunches, free cell phones - and the list goes on!  Then when the little people grow up and many families will get FREE college educations while these families who are counting their pennies will also get stuck with taxes for other families college education bill! 


 Where is the Justice and so-called Fare Share?

Sep 24, 2012 3:34PM

Cost of living is expensive specially with kids and is only going to get worse......... lol


Good thing we have government wellfare...... :)  We also have a bunch of people living beyond their financial means and others getting sucked into debt with no choice just to get a freaking education.   On the other hand we have the Elite Forbes list billionaries laughing their way to the bank. 


Here's my view on things:


For those of you physically capable proud americans and others who rather sit on your asses and bitch ........ shed some pounds by actually working and get off wellfare maybe you are the reason so many jobs get outsourced overseas.


Stop bitching about jobs being taken by illegal imigrants if you really wanted those jobs they would be yours.   Obviously those jobs dont come with polished shoes and suit, desk and a fat salary.   


Our billionaries keep getting richer by outsourcing jobs for cheaper labor ....... Why not making 2-5 million a year instead of 100+ million and keep some jobs here.


Parents instead of buying your kids all the tech toys to keep them happy and off your face spend some time with them and educate them and teach them some values and respect ........ thats not the schools and society's responsibility


Unfortunally our society is run by media and advertising .......... fast pace and competition........ We have all been sucked into more more more...... its a vicious cycle with no end and as long it pays our bills there is no end to it.................... New gadgets.......... Competition........ so get used to it


But do me a favor ......... Stop blaming the president........... We all have a guilty finger in how we live our lives and screw up our society........ 




Sep 24, 2012 3:02PM
Quite interesting how each President is always blamed for everything......... Yeap blame bush's and Clinton and Reagan, and Obama, and every other past President and why not blame all the incoming President for the next 50 years........ Who do you blame in your household????? Cause thats where it starts.   
Sep 29, 2012 9:31AM
I found a woman who told me that she would raise my children free of charge.  I was so impressed I decided to marry her!
Oct 12, 2012 9:30PM
I raised my son as a single father in Kansas and I can surely say. Ive never been able to save. On the contrary, Ive nothing to my name really. No money in saving, nothing to fall back on and it has always been a struggle. It doesn't surprise me in the least Kansas is on the list. Now if a single father could ever get the same help a  single female mother in Kansas is allowed, it wouldn't be so bad but the system has been broken here for many years now.
Sep 20, 2012 11:22AM
I don't find it credible that it's "cheaper" to raise a child as a single parent.  (Information from the USDA calculator)  Just because the child doesn't have the same advantages does NOT mean it's cheaper to raise him/her.  If you're including all the acitivities for a couple raising their child, those activities would cost the same for the single parent.  A child, is a child, is a child. Either they eat, sleep, shower, and have activities, or none of the above.  Single parent or married couple does not change the facts. OR the costs.   
Sep 19, 2012 11:52PM
Most amazing was the income difference between 1 and 2 parent households. I guess it pays to marry the baby momma.
Oct 13, 2012 12:56AM
I live in California, and infant care for my daughter was $1,400/month.  I don't know where they do these surveys or who they are talking to but the numbers they are quoting are flat wrong or someone is dropping their kid off at the local gas station as a babysitter.
Sep 24, 2012 9:53AM
This report is not taking into account that alot of families have the "Benifit" of having Grandparents or another relative watch the kids during work hours which saves a HUGE Amount of money for the parents, I only wish i had that benifit, for us in Ca, the cost of day care was about the same as what my wife made so she quit working to raise our child, it has been very difficuly to manage on one income, we dont get to go out at all and have to make do with what we have in most cases...But the joy of raising a child is something you have to experience, especially when they are very young ! :-)
Sep 24, 2012 1:56PM
I guess Jester has no good in him. That's too bad. I was going to ask him if he really thinks either of the two White House hopefuls are bad guys. I think they both want the best for the American people. They just see different roads to that end. Why can't we as Americans repect but disagree?
Sep 24, 2012 12:33PM
Okay, so I read the comments first - it's like reading the comic strips in the Sunday paper before getting to the serious stuff - and this is what I found.  I found people trying to politicize the report - "there all red/blue state, except..." - and miss the obvious point entirely:  The prices listed for daycare are not only inaccurate, but utterly unrealistic.  $14K/yr for childcare in New York?  Really?  Apparently Ms. Colleen Kane fell of her bed and hit her head before writing this report.  That breaks down to about $270/wk - exactly what my wife and I were paying for childcare in Texas in the 1980s.  You'll be hard-pressed to find secure parking for much less than than within 50 miles of Manhattan; much less childcare (from 1998 to 202, I paid $1500/mo for parking in Woodside and still had to take the train into downtown; so the actual cost was closer to $1800/mo).  Our total childcare bill for that very same period was $480/wk - a full $11.5k/yr over the quoted numbers.

A few months after 9/11 the wife and I decided to move to the Pennsylvania countryside and give the kids room to be kids and moved 40 minutes south west of Valley Forge, PA to the cute hamlet of Honey Brook and even there, our childcare bill ran us $320/wk.  My sister pays over $1600/mo for 3 kids in the Hershey area - of course she gets the group discount.  And my brother pays close to $350/wk in Philadelphia (both my brother and I have only one child each).

I am now a single parent in Seattle where this summer's childcare bill was $380/wk and where we were just given notice that fees are going up another $20/wk per child.  So, as I said; costs  listed for daycare across the nation are not only inaccurate, but utterly unrealistic.  Apparently MSN will post anything in their page that will fill some space regardless of how preposterous the claims - I just wish they did their research and due diligence before posting trash such as this.  But at least all is not lost, the percentage cost per single parent for childcare is pretty close - my cost is 55.7% because I have a decent job and a masters degree; but I bet you the balance of my paycheck that single mothers with a high school diploma are not as fortunate.
Sep 29, 2012 11:18AM
I definitely agree, having kids is worth it but it is so expensive especially living in Jersey and New York. Which is why I had to priorities my life and my kids are it so I had to leave my job and just let my husband be the income. My kids are first and no job was worth me not being there for them,  I rather be the one dropping them off and picking them up from school. Which didn't make sense to anyone around me when I quit my job but I didn't care and I'm just grateful that my husband is working so that I could make that decision. When he was unemployed I was the only income and there was a lot of pressure for me to keep my job, unfortunately there a lot  of single parents out there that can't be there for their kids 24/7, I was there at one point and I commend you for that and I know that it's hard but these times don't last forever just keep pushing and know that it is worth it and hold on to God 'cause he will see you through....... :)
Sep 24, 2012 12:11PM
While I was somewhat interested in finding out which states make this list, I'm not interested enough to wade through four pages' worth of downloads just so MSN can show their advertisers how many hits they're getting.  Life's too short already.
Sep 29, 2012 8:02AM
Oct 12, 2012 8:33PM

With the exception of Kansas, all these states have a high cost of living index whether you are single, married, two kids or twenty kids.


They are just expensive places to live, period.

Sep 24, 2012 1:41PM
Gotcha. So much for an intelligent conversation. Have a good day Jester.
Sep 24, 2012 12:02PM

"$234,900 to provide a child with 17 years of food, shelter and other necessities"

- I would disagree, if that is true than I would have to ask the gvmt for a lots of help, with a staying home wife and more than 2 kids (ok a lot more) and an income above natl average, I have not ask the gvmt for help al this years and I hope I’ll never have to, we live in the age of”HAVE to HAVE it " mentality, that is why a lots of people are broke (Financially)



Sep 24, 2012 10:58AM

LOusy article, the title did not fit a all. Where's the list of best and worst cities to raise a child in and the assocated costs.


MSN you are getting worse on a daily basis---if you are going to make a report then make the report!

Sep 24, 2012 8:43AM
The figures that are presented are a bit skewed.  In NYC for example: infant care is approx. 54% of a single parents income AFTER you take into consideration all the social services that are provided (WIC, SNAP, ADC, CHP, Housing, etc.).  Housing (33%) and infant care (54%) constitues 87% of a single parent's income.  Then you add necessities such as commuting, laundry, union dues, wonder so many New Yorkers are living off Little Debbie and the dollar menu at Mickey D's.
Sep 24, 2012 1:15PM
It's ridiculous how you have to wait for all the ads and extra crap to download, then wait again every time you try to scroll to the next page.  Add in having to roll down the page to get to the next page arrow, then it jumps up and down the page, and these articles are worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.  Come on MSN, drop a few ads and videos so these are actually readable. 
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