New York State is Where Parents Spend the Most on Child Care

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Deciding to have a child is arguably the biggest decision a person makes in her life. With parenthood comes a profound responsibility that ranges from protecting to educating. While countless joys accompany parenting, there are costs too—and they take effect even before birth.

Child care is an incredibly common expense for American families. According to a 2015 report published by ChildCare Aware of America, an advocacy group supporting access to high-quality child care, 11 million children under the age of 5 are in child care for an average of 36 hours per week in the United States. Though the arrangement can vary from in-home care to the aid of grandparents and neighbors, 35 percent of children receive center-based care at child care centers, preschools and Head Start programs.

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The team at Credio wanted to see how child care costs vary for families in every U.S. state. To do this, they analyzed data from ChildCare Aware of America’s “Parents and the High Cost of Child Care” report—which details the cost of full-time child care in centers—along with 2014 median household income from the U.S. Census Bureau, which includes income generated by all members of a household.

Depending on the state, the percentage of median household income spent on child care for two children annually ranged greatly, from below 20 percent to north of 45 percent. We ranked the 50 U.S. states by this metric, and included the percent of median household income for one child, the average cost of care for two children, as well as the cost of one and the median household income for each state.

#50. South Dakota

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 19.73% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $10,465 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 10.67% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $5,661 Median Household Income: $53,053  

#49. Wyoming

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 22.22% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $12,374 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 11.75% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $6,541 Median Household Income: $55,690

#48. Tennessee

 Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 23.73% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $10,372 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.40% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $5,857 Median Household Income: $43,716

#47. Utah

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 24.06% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $15,253 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.63% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,641 Median Household Income: $63,383

#46. Arkansas

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 24.46% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $10,990 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.35% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $5,995 Median Household Income: $44,922

#45. Hawaii

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 24.70% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $17,592 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 11.63% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,280 Median Household Income: $71,223

#44. South Carolina

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 24.76% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $11,126 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 14.41% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $6,475 Median Household Income: $44,929

#43. Mississippi

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 24.83% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $8,819 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.58% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $4,822 Median Household Income: $35,521

#42. Alabama

 

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 24.85% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $10,508 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.33% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $5,637 Median Household Income: $42,278

 

#41. Louisiana

 Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 25.14% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $10,661 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.55% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $5,747 Median Household Income: $42,406

#40. Oklahoma

 

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 25.24% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $11,911 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 14.38% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $6,788 Median Household Income: $47,199

 

#39. North Dakota

 Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 25.90% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $15,728 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.53% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,217 Median Household Income: $60,730

#38. Nebraska

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 25.97% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $14,769 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.94% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $7,926 Median Household Income: $56,870

#37. Idaho

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 26.43% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $14,124 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 13.47% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $7,200 Median Household Income: $53,438

#36. Alaska

 

 Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 27.52% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $18,609 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 16.20% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $10,957 Median Household Income: $67,629

 

#35. Kentucky

 Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 27.56% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $11,793 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 14.71% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $6,294 Median Household Income: $42,786

#34. Virginia

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 27.84% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $18,415 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 15.81% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $10,458 Median Household Income: $66,155

#33. Georgia

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 28.54% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $14,144 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 15.43% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $7,644 Median Household Income: $49,555

#32. Texas

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 28.75% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $15,489 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 16.26% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,759 Median Household Income: $53,875  

#31. New Hampshire

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 28.98% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $21,267 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 16.09% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,810 Median Household Income: $73,397

#30. Maryland

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 30.24% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $23,032 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 18.29% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $13,932 Median Household Income: $76,165

#29. Iowa

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 30.62% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $17,701 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 16.41% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $9,485 Median Household Income: $57,810

#28. Maine

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 31.68% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $16,381 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 18.39% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $9,512 Median Household Income: $51,710

#27. Missouri

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 31.68% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $17,940 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 15.24% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,632 Median Household Income: $56,630

#26. Michigan

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 32.01% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $16,645 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.00% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $9,882 Median Household Income: $52,005

#25. New Mexico

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 32.22% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $15,040 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 17.01% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $7,942 Median Household Income: $46,686

#24. New Jersey

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 32.31% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $21,080 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 17.68% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,534 Median Household Income: $65,243

#23. Indiana

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 32.62% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $15,678 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 18.56% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,918 Median Household Income: $48,060

#22. Ohio

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 32.87% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $16,318 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 18.08% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,977 Median Household Income: $49,644

#21. California

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 33.14% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $20,048 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.54% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,817 Median Household Income: $60,487

#20. Montana

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 33.24% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $16,984 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 17.73% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $9,062 Median Household Income: $51,102

#19. Delaware

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 33.50% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $19,268 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.12% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,000 Median Household Income: $57,522

#18. Pennsylvania

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 33.91% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $18,711 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.28% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $10,640 Median Household Income: $55,173

#17. Oregon

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 34.16% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $20,109 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.23% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,322 Median Household Income: $58,875

#16. Arizona

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 34.38% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $16,934 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.16% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $9,437 Median Household Income: $49,254

#15. West Virginia

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 34.74% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $13,739 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 20.04% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $7,926 Median Household Income: $39,552

#14. Vermont

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 34.99% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $21,240 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 18.56% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,270 Median Household Income: $60,708

#13. Florida

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 35.46% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $16,362 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 18.84% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $8,694 Median Household Income: $46,140

#12. Kansas

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 35.84% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $19,152 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 20.96% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,201 Median Household Income: $53,444

#11. North Carolina

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 36.01% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $16,847 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.78% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $9,255 Median Household Income: $46,784

#10. Nevada

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 36.03% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $17,970 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.75% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $9,852 Median Household Income: $49,875

#9. Connecticut

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 36.18% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $25,382 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.78% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $13,880 Median Household Income: $70,161

#8. Wisconsin

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 36.24% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $21,048 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 19.94% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $11,579 Median Household Income: $58,080

#7. Washington

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 37.79% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $22,321 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 21.56% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $12,733 Median Household Income: $59,068

#6. Colorado

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 37.80% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $23,036 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 21.59% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $13,154 Median Household Income: $60,940

#5. Minnesota

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 37.90% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $25,485 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 21.36% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $14,366 Median Household Income: $67,244

#4. Rhode Island

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 39.07% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $22,907 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 21.94% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $12,867 Median Household Income: $58,633

#3. Illinois

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 41.03% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $22,531 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 23.61% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $12,964 Median Household Income: $54,916

#2. Massachusetts

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 47.26% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $29,843 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 27.02% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $17,062 Median Household Income: $63,151

#1. New York

Percent of Median Household Income for Two Children: 47.59% Cost of Child Care for One Infant and One 4 Year Old: $25,844 Percent of Median Household Income for One Child: 26.04% Cost of Child Care for One Infant: $14,144 Median Household Income: $54,310

 

Originally posted on April 15, 2016 by Christina Lavingia via Graphiq Newsdesk Compare Savings Products on Credio