WILDWOOD, NJ - JULY 03: A girl is held by her father while playing a game at an amusement pier on July 3, 2020 in Wildwood, New Jersey. New Jersey beaches have reopened for the July 4th holiday as some coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, along with casinos, amusement rides and water parks at limited capacity.

New Jersey has been ranked as the seventh best state to raise a family in for 2023. While those of us that live here in the Garden State would have said our home is No. 1, we will happily accept our ranking this year in the top ten.

WalletHub‘s most recent study compared the 50 states across key dimensions such as family fun, health and safety, affordability, and more. Sure, life happens and people pick up and move due to an array of reasons but  you can always come back home at some point, especially to raise a family.

New Jersey has so much to offer when it comes to the needs and wants for families of all sizes. Overall, the state offers quality education, entertainment, healthcare, and so much more.

“Families need to balance the cost of living with the amenities that a community provides. Places with low housing costs can be good for families. However, affordable real estate may reflect the fact that a community is far from employment and educational opportunities. What you save in housing costs you will end up paying in transportation time and costs. Low housing costs may also reflect low property tax rates, which may mean that less social supports are in place,” Lauren Jones, Associate Professor at Ohio State University shared with WalletHub.

Click here to read more about the WalletHub report and scroll below to view the top 15 best states for families in the United States for 2023.

  • 15. Utah

    Home | Utah.gov

    The Official Website of the State of Utah

  • 14. South Dakota

    Travel Industry Jobs

    South Dakota is seeing adventurous, welcoming and passionate individuals to join our hospitality and travel industry.

  • 13. Illinois


    This site directs child support clients into their accounts, address problems related to mailing addresses and apply for services. It is a secured portal. Note: Individuals do not need to be a Department of Human Services client to receive child support services.

  • 12. Washington


    Washington State is a wonderful place to raise a family. Find the information and resources you need to ensure your family has access to food, healthcare, childcare, and education. Learn how to prepare your household for disasters, prevent injuries and violence, and maintain social connections with an incarcerated loved one.

  • 11. Rhode Island

    Students and Families

    Our goal is to ensure that all Rhode Island students are ready for success in college, careers, and life. Take a look at how this informs the work we do: Find information on your school and school district. From student achievement to health and nutrition, we've made it easy to find the information you need.

  • 10. Connecticut

    Connecticut Department of Children and Families

    DCF's TV Show: Doors to Hope and Healing Want to learn more about the Department? Watch episodes of our TV show . Call 1-888-KID-HERO to learn about trainings for Foster or Adoptive Parents and recruitment events for prospective parent(s).

  • 9. Iowa


    Welcome to Iowa.gov, the hub for information on government, education, business regulations, health, transparency, and more.

  • 8. Nebraska


    The Official Nebraska Government Website, Nebraska.gov is your link to all resources, news, statistics, & online services in the state of Nebraska. We enable citizens and businesses to interact with government, securely and efficiently.

  • 7. New Jersey

    State of New Jersey

    You could visit New Jersey over a thousand times and still miss out on amazing places to see and thrilling things to do.

  • 6. New Hampshire

    Residents | NH.gov

    An overview of local and residential related services and information found in the State's networks of websites

  • 5. Vermont


    Register or Renew a Vehicle Find all of the resources you need to register and renew your vehicle in Vermont. Taxes for Individuals File and pay taxes online and find required forms.

  • 4. North Dakota

    Living In ND

    The Living In ND page.

  • 3. New York

    The Official Website of New York State

    The official website of the State of New York. Find information about state government agencies and learn more about our programs and services.

  • 1. Massachusetts

    Families & Children

    The Commonwealth is committed to supporting safe, healthy, happy families. Find information ranging from how to get a marriage certificate to tips on raising active children.

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