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Nebraska safest state for young families

Safety is an especially big concern for young families trying to decide where to raise their kids. The safest places boast low crime statistics, of course. But safety also includes a host of other factors, such as air quality, the availability of affordable medical and child care resources, and access to health insurance.

The Cornhusker State scored in the top 10 for six of the metrics analyzed: density of hospitals (#4), air quality (#5), high school graduation rate (#8), housing costs as a percent of income (#6), child care establishment density (#5) and the percentage of households with children (#4). It did not score well on child care costs, however, coming in at 41 out of 51, with child care costing an average of nearly 22% of household income.

In order to rank the safest states for young families (including Washington D.C.), researchers looked at the following 13 metrics:


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