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Map: The average cost for child care by state

Child care is one of the highest budget items for a family and Massachusetts is among the least affordable states with an annual cost of $16,430, according to Child Care Aware of America. The group advocates for a high quality child care system and gathers and analyzes child care data. Compared against the state median income for married couples, Massachusetts is the fourth least-affordable state for center-based infant care in the country.

This map shows the average annual cost of center-based infant care. Browse the table below for specific numbers.

  • Less than $8,280
  • $8,280 to $11,700
  • $11,700 to $15,100
  • $15,100 to $18,530
  • $18,530 or more

Source: Child Care Aware of America

2012 Average Annual Cost of Full-Time Care [data]   
StateInfant 4-Year-OldSchool-Age
Alabama$5,467.00 $5,785.00 $5,148.00
Alaska$10,338.00 $7,655.00 $5,636.00
Arizona$8,671.00 $7,398.00 $6,198.00
Arkansas$5,894.00 $5,011.00 $5,909.00
California$12,068.00 $8,407.00 $2,792.00
Colorado$12,736.00 $9,619.00 $5,177.00
Connecticut$12,973.00 $10,692.00 $5,421.00
Delaware$8,928.00 $7,104.00 $6,447.00
District of Columbia$21,948.00 $16,908.00 $13,211.00
Florida$8,299.00 $6,571.00 $3,822.00
Georgia$7,228.00 $6,234.00 $5,742.00
Hawaii$12,473.00 $8,172.00 $8,904.00
Idaho$6,969.00 $6,134.00 $3,969.00
Illinois$12,697.00 $9,261.00 $5,877.00
Indiana$8,073.00 $6,448.00 $5,759.00
Iowa$9,053.00 $7,790.00 $4,325.00
Kansas$10,518.00 $7,499.00 $6,741.00
Kentucky$6,105.00 $6,007.00 $5,389.00
Louisiana$5,574.00 $4,812.00 $1,070.00
Maine$9,360.00 $8,320.00 $4,368.00
Maryland$13,055.00 $9,097.00 $5,893.00
Massachusetts$16,430.00 $12,176.00 $4,378.00
Michigan$10,114.00 $7,930.00 $4,576.00
Minnesota$13,876.00 $10,664.00 NR
Mississippi$4,863.00 $4,312.00 $3,026.00
Missouri$8,320.00 $5,772.00 $3,654.00
Montana$8,475.00 $7,518.00 $5,301.00
Nebraska$7,797.00 $6,518.00 $4,417.00
Nevada$9,608.00 $7,687.00 $4,980.00
New Hampshire$11,730.00 $9,484.00 $4,172.00
New Jersey$10,949.00 $9,170.00 $4,007.00
New Mexico$7,360.00 $6,475.00 $3,261.00
New York$14,939.00 $12,355.00 $11,690.00
North Carolina$8,868.00 $7,501.00 $4,298.00
North Dakota$8,021.00 $7,109.00 NR
Ohio$8,482.00 $6,919.00 $4,664.00
Oklahoma$7,480.00 $5,610.00 $3,195.00
Oregon$13,452.00 $10,200.00 $5,028.00
Pennsylvania$10,319.00 $8,601.00 $5,520.00
Rhode Island$12,075.00 $10,138.00 $5,971.00
South Carolina$6,280.00 $5,308.00 $2,189.00
South Dakota$6,071.00 $5,781.00 $3,744.00
Tennessee$5,857.00 $4,515.00 $2,451.00
Texas$8,495.00 $6,547.00 $3,119.00
Utah$7,860.00 $6,024.00 $5,280.00
Vermont$9,958.00 $9,223.00 $3,998.00
Virginia$10,028.00 $7,855.00 $5,614.00
Washington$12,108.00 $9,240.00 $5,412.00
WestVirginia$7,961.00 $6,900.00 $6,635.00
Wisconsin$9,939.00 $8,413.00 $7,893.00
Wyoming$9,100.00 $7,800.00 $7,800.00

Andrew Ba Tran, Globe Staff

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