Where child care is more expensive than college: States ranked

Where child care is more expensive than college: States ranked

Where child care is more expensive than college: States ranked

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by ABC News

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Posted on November 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 10:15 PM

(ABC News)-- While the ever-rising cost of college grabs all the headlines, many families are finding that child care can be even more costly than higher education.

In fact, while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considers 10 percent of family income for child care as a benchmark for affordability, the average cost of full-time care for one infant ranges from 7 to 19 percent of state median income for a married couple with kids, according to a report released this week by Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit whose mission is to help families access quality, affordable childcare.

The financial picture is grimmer for single parents. In all 50 states, the average cost of center-based infant care exceeds 25 percent of median income for single parents.

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To rank states by child care affordability, the report, "Parents and the High Cost of Child Care 2013," used Census Bureau data and survey data from the Child Care Resource and Referral State Networks.

Oregon is the least-affordable state for center-based infant care, in which its average cost is 18.6 percent of the state's median income for married couples with kids, which is $72,226. Meanwhile, the dollar cost of center-based infant care is highest in Massachusetts, where the average annual cost of center-based infant care is $16,500.

Using states' median income levels, see how your state ranks according to the affordability of infant care. And check out your state's average for tuition and fees at a public college, average child care center costs for four-year olds and school-age children.

Public College: $8,303.00

1.
Oregon

Center-Based Infant Care: $13,452.00

4-Year-Old Child: $10,200.00

School-Age Child: $5,028.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $72,226.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 18.60%

Public College: $6,560.00

2.
New York

Center-Based Infant Care: $14,939.00

4-Year-Old Child: $12,355.00

School-Age Child: $11,690.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $90,725.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 16.50%

Public College: $10,388.00

3.
Minnesota

Center-Based Infant Care: $13,876.00

4-Year-Old Child: $10,664.00

School-Age Child: Minnesota did not report cost data for some categories of care, or the number of programs reporting rates was too small to be valid for reporting.

State Median Income for Married Couple: $89,608.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 15.50%

Public College: $10,619.00

4.
Massachusetts

Center-Based Infant Care: $16,430.00

4-Year-Old Child: $12,176.00

School-Age Child: $4,378.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $109,090.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 15.10%

Public College: $8,416.00

5.
Colorado

Center-Based Infant Care: $12,736.00

4-Year-Old Child: $9,619.00

School-Age Child: $5,177.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $85,137.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 15.00%

Public College: $9,368.00

6.
California

Center-Based Infant Care: $12,068.00

4-Year-Old Child: $8,407.00

School-Age Child: $2,792.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $81,484.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 14.80%

Public College: $12,118.00

7.
Illinois

Center-Based Infant Care: $12,697.00

4-Year-Old Child: $9,261.00

School-Age Child: $5,877.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $85,715.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 14.80%

Public College: $8,665.00

8.
Hawaii

Center-Based Infant Care: $12,473.00

4-Year-Old Child: $8,172.00

School-Age Child: $8,904.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $86,699.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 14.40%

Public College: $10,774.00

9.
Washington

Center-Based Infant Care: $12,108.00

4-Year-Old Child: $9,240.00

School-Age Child: $5,412.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $84,464.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 14.30%

Public College: $7,277.00

10.
Kansas

Center-Based Infant Care: $10,518.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,499.00

School-Age Child: $6,741.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $77,034.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 13.70%

Public College: $6,371.00

11.
Nevada

Center-Based Infant Care: $9,608.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,687.00

School-Age Child: $4,980.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $71,934.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 13.40%

Public College: $11,172.00

12.
Michigan

Center-Based Infant Care: $10,114.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,930.00

School-Age Child: $4,576.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $77,996.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 13.00%

Public College: $10,849.00

13.
Rhode Island

Center-Based Infant Care: $12,075.00

4-Year-Old Child: $10,138.00

School-Age Child: $5,971.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $93,540.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.90%

Public College: $13,582.00

14.
Vermont

Center-Based Infant Care: $9,958.00

4-Year-Old Child: $9,223.00

School-Age Child: $3,998.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $79,259.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.60%

Public College: $9,471.00

15.
Maine

Center-Based Infant Care: $9,360.00

4-Year-Old Child: $8,320.00

School-Age Child: $4,368.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $74,554.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.60%

Public College: $9,729.00

16.
Arizona

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,671.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,398.00

School-Age Child: $6,198.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $70,149.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.40%

Public College: $8,690.00

17.
Wisconsin

Center-Based Infant Care: $9,939.00

4-Year-Old Child: $8,413.00

School-Age Child: $7,893.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $81,050.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.30%

Public College: $12,330.00

18.
Pennsylvania

Center-Based Infant Care: $10,319.00

4-Year-Old Child: $8,601.00

School-Age Child: $5,520.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $84,427.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.20%

Public College: $14,576.00

19.
New Hampshire

Center-Based Infant Care: $11,730.00

4-Year-Old Child: $9,484.00

School-Age Child: $4,172.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $95,814.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.20%

Public College: $6,220.00

20.
North Carolina

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,868.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,501.00

School-Age Child: $4,298.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $73,366.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.10%

Public College: $6,139.00

21.
Montana

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,475.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,518.00

School-Age Child: $5,301.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $70,089.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.10%

Public College: $9,630.00

22.
Connecticut

Center-Based Infant Care: $12,973.00

4-Year-Old Child: $10,692.00

School-Age Child: $5,421.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $108,355.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 12.00%

Public College: $5,883.00

23.
West Virginia

Center-Based Infant Care: $7,961.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,900.00

School-Age Child: $6,635.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $66,649.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.90%

Public College: $6,232.00

24.
Florida

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,299.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,571.00

School-Age Child: $3,822.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $71,202.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.70%

Public College: $8,354.00

25.
Texas

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,495.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,547.00

School-Age Child: $3,119.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $72,685.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.70%

Public College: $9,471.00

26.
Maryland

Center-Based Infant Care: $9,360.00

4-Year-Old Child: $8,320.00

School-Age Child: $4,368.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $111,875.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.70%

Public College: $7,830.00

27.
Iowa

Center-Based Infant Care: $9,053.00

4-Year-Old Child: $9,053.00

School-Age Child: $4,325.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $78,042.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.60%

Public College: $4,278.00

28.
Wyoming

Center-Based Infant Care: $9,100.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,800.00

School-Age Child: $7,800.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $78,187.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.60%

Public College: $5,687.00

29.
New Mexico

Center-Based Infant Care: $7,360.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,475.00

School-Age Child: $3,261.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $65,204.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.30%

Public College: $5,818.00

30.
Alaska

Center-Based Infant Care: $10,338.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,655.00

School-Age Child: $5,636.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $91,360.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.30%

Public College: $6,350.00

31.
Oklahoma

Center-Based Infant Care: $7,480.00

4-Year-Old Child: $5,610.00

School-Age Child: $3,195.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $67,110.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.10%

Public College: $5,991.00

32.
Idaho

Center-Based Infant Care: $6,969.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,134.00

School-Age Child: $3,969.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $62,819.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.10%

Public College: $5,595.00

33.
Utah

Center-Based Infant Care: $7,860.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,024.00

School-Age Child: $5,280.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $70,862.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.10%

Public College: $7,917.00

34.
Missouri

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,320.00

4-Year-Old Child: $5,772.00

School-Age Child: $3,654.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $75,425.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 11.00%

Public College: $8,704.00

35.
Indiana

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,073.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,448.00

School-Age Child: $5,759.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $74,258.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 10.90%

Public College: $9,190.00

36.
Ohio

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,482.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,919.00

School-Age Child: $4,664.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $78,699.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 10.80%

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Public College: $9,907.00

37.
Virginia

Center-Based Infant Care: $10,028.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,855.00

School-Age Child: $5,614.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $94,798.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 10.60%

Public College: $7,199.00

38.
Nebraska

Center-Based Infant Care: $7,797.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,518.00

School-Age Child: $4,417.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $77,168.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 10.10%

Public College: $12,399.00

39.
New Jersey

Center-Based Infant Care: $10,949.00

4-Year-Old Child: $9,170.00

School-Age Child: $4,007.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $110,101.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 9.90%

Public College:

40.
North Dakota

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,021.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,109.00

School-Age Child: North Dakota did not report cost data for some categories of care, or the number of programs reporting rates was too small to be valid for reporting.

State Median Income for Married Couple: $80,746.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 9.90%

Public College: $10,890.00

41.
Delaware

Center-Based Infant Care: $8,928.00

4-Year-Old Child: $7,104.00

School-Age Child: $6,447.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $91,022.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 9.80%

Public College: $7,504.00

42.
Georgia

Center-Based Infant Care: $7,228.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,234.00

School-Age Child: $5,742.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $75,466.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 9.60%

Public College: $6,968.00

43.
Arkansas

Center-Based Infant Care: $5,894.00

4-Year-Old Child: $5,011.00

School-Age Child: $5,909.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $63,561.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 9.30%

Public College: $10,698.00

44.
South Carolina

Center-Based Infant Care: $6,280.00

4-Year-Old Child: $5,308.00

School-Age Child: $2,189.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $71,755.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 8.80%

Public College: $8,455.00

45.
Kentucky

Center-Based Infant Care: $6,105.00

4-Year-Old Child: $6,007.00

School-Age Child: $5,389.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $70,677.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 8.60%

Public College: $7,676.00

46.
Tennessee

Center-Based Infant Care: $5,857.00

4-Year-Old Child: $4,515.00

School-Age Child: $2,451.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $69,211.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 8.50%

Public College: $7,082.00

47.
South Dakota

Center-Based Infant Care: $6,071.00

4-Year-Old Child: $5,781.00

School-Age Child: $3,744.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $74,799.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 8.10%

Public College: $8,741

48.
Alabama

Center-Based Infant Care: $5,467.00

4-Year-Old Child: $5,785.00

School-Age Child: $5,148.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $71,895.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 7.60%

Public College: $6,147.00

49.
Mississippi

Center-Based Infant Care: $4,863.00

4-Year-Old Child: $4,312.00

School-Age Child: $3,026.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $65,855.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 7.40%

Public College: $5,812.00

50.
Louisiana

Center-Based Infant Care: $5,574.00

4-Year-Old Child: $4,812.00

School-Age Child: $1,070.00

State Median Income for Married Couple: $80,034.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 7.00%

Public College: $7,255.28

51.
District of Columbia

Center-Based Infant Care: $21,948.00

4-Year-Old Child: $16,908.00

School-Age Child: $13,211.00

District of Columbia was not ranked on percentage of state median income for a married couple.

State Median Income for Married Couple: $155,327.00

Cost of Care as Percentage of Married Couple's State Median Income: 14.10%

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