Average Annual Cost of Infant Care: $14,980
Cost of care as a Percentage of State Median Income for a Two-Parent Family: 14.2%
Cost of Care as a Percentage of Median Income for a Single Parent Family: 53.6%
With center-based child care averaging nearly $15,000 a year, Massachusetts has the costliest child care rate on this list. However, the state’s higher-than-average median incomes – $27,922 for single parents and $105,537 for two-parent families (the highest median income on this list) – keep it from being the priciest state for bringing up kids.