35 Best And Worst Countries To Raise A Family (You Won’t Believe America’s Ranking) 2

The US is now ranked the worst place in the developed world to raise a family, coming out ahead of only Mexico.

By Laura Begley Bloom


As if things couldn’t get worse. According to a new study from the travel website Asher & Lyric, the United States is the second worst place in the world to raise a family. The country came in at a shockingly low 34th place out of 35 countries, only beating out crime-ridden Mexico. Topping the list of best places to raise a family were countries like Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland (which was recently named the happiest country in the world for the third year in a row).

“This study has been eye-opening for me,” says Los Angeles-based journalist Lyric Fergusson, who runs the site with her husband Asher and is a mother of two. “Even as a well educated, thoughtful individual, I had become so numb to the country’s inadequacies that I must have simply disregarded my personal experience for the rhetoric of the nation.”

The husband-wife journalists—who are known for mapping out data-driven travel lists like the most dangerous places for women travelers and the most dangerous places for gay travelers—created the Raising a Family Index to rank 35 countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “We only used OECD countries because they have reliable data in a wide range of key topics useful for this study,” notes Fergusson.



  1. I’m not saying America is all rainbow shit and unicorns, but one must be very careful of these “studies”. We have again entered a period of the politicalization of everything. The nazifacation of cat magazines with mentions Uber-Feline are not far off now… we already have intersectional gamer rags for heavens sake.

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