The Fiscal Times ranks Minnesota No. 6 of the "12 Most Expensive States to Raise Children."
According to the report, Minnesotans spend an average of $9,700 in full-time childcare per year, which is almost as expensive as the cost of tuition at a public university, nearly $10,400 on average.
The quality of care in Minnesota is one factor that drives up costs.
Ann McCully, the Executive Director of the Minnesota Childcare Resource and Referral Network, tells WCCO the state has strict requirements when it comes to child-adult ratios. For example, the state doesn't allow more than four infants with one adult or more than ten 4-year-olds with one adult.
Also, parents want facilities with an educational emphasis.
New Hamphshire topped the list mainly because in-state tuition is higher, averaging about $14, 576. California came in 12th even though housing costs are higher, child care is lower at an average of $6,600 each year.