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.
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.