MYNORTHWEST BLOG

Washington is the most expensive state in the NW to be a first-time mom

May 12, 2019, 7:49 AM

First of all — you should call your mother. Let’s just get that out of the way. And if you were born in the State of Washington, you should appreciate her more. Because you were quite expensive.

Washington ranks in the top 15 most expensive states to have a baby in — coming in at no. 13. And it is certainly the most expensive state in the Northwest (not counting Alaska) to be a first-time mom.

RELATED: Mom attends gay weddings when couples’ parents will not
RELATED: Dave Grohl’s mom pens book about raising rock stars

Moving website, The Move, crunched some numbers to calculate the costs of being a first-time mom in each state (average cost of infant day care for one year, childbirth costs at the hospital, and 2017 census data). In short, the East Coast is a far more expensive region to have a baby. In the Northwest, however, Idaho is your most cost-effective area.

As for the Northwest, the cost of being a first-time mom are:

  • Washington: $20,195
  • Oregon: $18,865
  • Idaho: $13,741
  • Montana: $15,923

In fact, Washington is more aligned with California, where it costs $20,418 to be a new mom. And in case you are wondering, the least expensive state to be a first-time mom is Mississippi —  $11,364.

Breaking down Washington’s costs, The Move notes:

  • Childbirth medical expenses: $7,462
  • Infant daycare for one year: $12,733
  • Total cost: $20,195

The good news is that while having a baby comes with a steep price tag in Washington, the state is still cheaper than the national average of $32,093.

MyNorthwest Blog

pet names...
Stephanie Klein

Top dog and cat names in King County last year

King County released its 2021 list of most popular pet names and 'Bella' and 'Luna' came out on top.
15 days ago
Seattle election results, Seattle City Hall...
Nick Bowman

What Seattle can expect in new year with shakeups at city hall on the horizon

Seattle City Hall is in for a shakeup at the start of the new year, with a new mayor, councilmember, and city attorney all taking office in January.
19 days ago
unvaccinated officers Seattle...
Nick Bowman

Durkan, Seattle council engage in one final clash in closing days of mayoral term

With Jenny Durkan set to leave office in a matter of days, she and the council appear to have engaged in one final feud, this time over trees. 
20 days ago
Happy Holidays to all in 2021!...
MyNorthwest Staff

Happy Holidays from everyone at KIRO Radio, KTTH, and 710 ESPN Seattle

Your favorite cast of characters from KIRO Radio, AM 770 KTTH, and 710 ESPN Seattle present "A Visit from St. Nicholas."
25 days ago
seattle, blogs...
MyNorthwest Staff

Most read blogs on MyNorthwest in 2021

Commentators and personalities on KIRO Radio, KTTH, and MyNorthwest gave us insight into a range of topics in 2021.
26 days ago
most read stories...
MyNorthwest Staff

Most read news on MyNorthwest in 2021

Take a look back on 2021 and see what made the top-10 list of most read stories of the year on MyNorthwest.
28 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
...

Delayed-Onset PTSD: Signs and Symptoms

Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers SPONSORED — You’re probably familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. Often abbreviated as PTSD, this condition is diagnosed when a person experiences a set of symptoms for at least a month after a traumatic event. However, for some people, these issues take longer to develop. This results in a diagnosis of delayed-onset PTSD […]
...

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Free unbiased help is here!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
Washington is the most expensive state in the NW to be a first-time mom