Raising a child is not easy under any circumstances. However, living in California while attempting to raise an infant is especially difficult. The cost of raising an infant in the state is higher than most other American states.
The average annual cost of childcare in California is estimated at $11,817 – or $985 per month. It is ranked as 11th out of the 50 states when it comes to the most expensive childcare in the country. Those who are planning to raise a child in California may want to understand the associated costs. There are many parts of the country where it is more affordable to raise an infant.
When comparing the cost of infant care in California to other average expenses, the results are very interesting. The cost of annual infant care in California is roughly $2,900 more than a year of in-state tuition when attending a four-year public university. California is one of 33 states in America where going to college in-state is less expensive than raising an infant.
Infant care is just 26% less expensive as compared to the average rent in the state. It is a massive expenditure for many families. It is particularly unaffordable for low-income families, where infant care becomes a significant percentage of their annual income. A typical family ends up spending roughly 19% of their annual income on infant care in California – for a single child. Families with more than one child face even greater costs.
Child care for TWO children ends up costing roughly $20,000 a year in California – on average. The figure puts it at 25% more of an annual expense than the average rent in the state. There are 31 metropolitan and rural areas in the state. In nine of those 31 areas, child care for an infant and a four-year-old kid costs more than rent!
Someone who works a minimum wage job would need to have a full-time job for 30 weeks to pay for the childcare costs of a single infant. Many families with low-income earners have to choose between both parents working or one staying home. There are situations where one parent staying home saves the family money, as compared to both parents working and using childcare.
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