Is West Virginia a bad place to raise a family?

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Yet again West Virginia is ranked near the bottom of a list. This time it’s for a list that ranks the best and worst state’s to raise a family.

According to WalletHub, out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, West Virginia ranked 43rd overall.

Their analysts looked at five key areas, those were: Family fun, health and safety, education and childcare, affordability and socioeconomics.

West Virginia ranked dead last the family fun category, low in education and childcare and low in socioeconomic. Our state ranked higher in health and safety category and affordability.

But not everyone agrees with this. One education official we talked with says the education ranking is unfair. He mentioned how we have a great public high school graduation rate and we’re continuously praised for our pre-school education.

“We are in the top 20 in the nation in graduation rate. We have an 89.1 graduation rate. There’s only one state with a 90 percent graduation rate. So that would show me we’re doing really well in West Virginia for that,” said Dale Lee, President of the West Virginia Education Association. “Secondly we’re recognized across the nation as one of the leaders, if not the leader, in pre-school.”

But, what do some of you think? One person we spoke to said it isn’t a bad place to raise a family, but he can understand why we rank low in some areas.

“It’s a safe environment. I think it’s a safe place to raise kids, less crime than most cities,” said Jimmy Bennett of Doddridge County. “I wish there were more things to do on weekends for families, such as amusement parks, different shows and things to go to.”