Survey Says: U.S. Is Terrible Place to Raise a Family

The United States of America may be one of the worst places in the world to raise a family.

According to the travel website Asher & Lyric, America ranks 34th out of 35 countries. Iceland, Norway, and Sweden make the top three. Mexico is dead last.

The NY Post reports that the rankings were compiled using data for safety, happiness, cost, health, education, and time.

The Post says:

"The red-white-and-blue came in dead last in terms of time — which the RAFI gauged by maternity leave, vacation days and other factors — and cost, as measured by out-of-pocket health spending, cost of living, income ratio and more."
"The study noted that the US is the only country that doesn’t require employers to offer maternity leave. Even worse, the average household blows 31.79% of their income on child care compared to the 4 to 10% spent by Scandinavian nations."

Lyric and Asher attributed the United States’ nationwide mood dip to record “income disparities,” 20% of Americans suffering from mental-health issues each year and a suicide rate that has “increased by 33% between 1999 to 2017.

Access the full report here.

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