You would do well to raise your daughters in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic or Midwest, according to a recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute.
The report calculated these results based on physical health and safety, emotional health, economic well-being, education, and extracurricular and out-of-school time activity - factors that influence how happy girls are and how likely they are to stay in school and do well. Read on for the five best states to raise girls! And spoiler alert: both Dakotas make the list!
New Hampshire takes the top spot because 91 percent of girls aged 6-17 are involved in extracurricular activities, a factor which, according to findings from the Girl Scout Research Institute, has a high correlation to a lower dropout rate, greater college attendance, and higher grades!
Girls in North Dakota rank the highest for economic well-being, according to the report. In addition, 88 percent of girls ages 6-17 are involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
South Dakota is the state with the highest ranking of emotional health for girls. Only 4 percent of girls ages 6 to 17 report needing help for emotional, behavioral or developmental issues, while the national average is 9 percent.
For those wanting to move to the east coast, Massachusetts is an appealing option. Not only is the participation in extracurricular activities high (88 percent), 54 percent of fourth grade girls are proficient in reading.
Vermont has low instances of violence and physical health and safety is high. About 8 percent of girls ages 6 to 17 have reported experiencing violence in their neighborhoods. Participation in at least one extracurricular activity is very high as well - 92 percent of girls ages 6-17 report being involved.