Study: US Ranked Worst Country to Raise a Family

America is ranked one of the worst countries in the world to raise a family, with Britain also scoring badly... while Iceland and Norway are deemed the best


The US is one of the worst countries in the world to raise a family, while Britain also scores badly, according to new research.

America was ranked 34 out of 35 in a comparison of the world’s biggest economies, scoring three ‘F’ grades for safety, cost of living and work-life balance, a ‘D minus’ for health, and a ‘C+’ for happiness and education.

Overall, it was given an ‘F’ grade for raising a family, with only Mexico coming out worse.

The ‘Raising a Family Index’ was compiled from 30 studies of countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) which are advanced democracies with wealthy economies.

Britain, meanwhile, was given a ‘B minus’ rating, ranking it 23rd, with scores including a ‘D minus’ for work-life balance and an ‘F’ for cost of living.

It scored average for health (C) and education (C+) but better for happiness (A) and safety (B).

Iceland came out top of the table and Scandanavia did well with Norway, Sweden and Finland in the top 5 and all scoring A+.

Mexico finished bottom with a clean sweep of ‘F’ in every category, and Chile, Turkey and Bulgaria were the other countries in the bottom five.

The list was compiled by travel and family experts ‘Asher and Lyric’ who said of America’s bottom position for the cost of bringing up a family: ‘Parents with average household income have to spend 31.79% of their income on childcare costs alone.

‘Compare that to Scandanavian countries where households only have to spend 4% to 10% of income to raise a well rounded child.

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  1. Really disappointed that Czech Republic scored a D+ on the happiness index. I’ve always heard it’s a great place to visit. I think that cost index ranking of A+ for Iceland is biased. I know they get extremely cheap geothermal energy, but I had friends who went there for a wedding, and they told me dinner for two at a restaurant was near $400 US dollars.

    • I also know that Iceland is expensive, but, probably they have high income. For example, if have income $2-3 thousands, your life in Russia would be very easy, without credits in the banks. In the USA it is almost nothing. And i know that in the USA you got high expenses beginning from kindergardens.
      There is no my country there at all ) And this is good.

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