You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

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

Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.